Also known as a cervical spine, the neck is a vital part of your body. Any communication between the brain and any other part of the body passes through the neck. Severe or chronic pain in your neck is a clear indication of a fault in the coordination of muscles, nerve joints and bones in this part of the body.
Chronic neck pain can affect the function of your neck in supporting nerve communication and offering strength and stability to your body system. Signs of chronic neck pain or an abnormality in the neck include headaches, upper body numbness or a tingling feeling. Seek medical attention if you’re experiencing such signs.
Here are the major causes of chronic pain on the neck:
4 Major Causes of Chronic Neck Pain
Injuries sustained during sports, car accidents/collisions or even severe falls may cause chronic pain on the neck. Such injuries cause bruises in neck tissues, muscles and ligaments. If such bruises aren’t treated properly, you can develop chronic neck pain.
Some injuries are preventable, but in situations where you have no control, consider the following options:
- Always wear protective gears such as helmets during sporting activities
- Buy protective gear to use when working on slippery or high places
- Invest in a personal insurance cover in case you get hurt and need proper care and medication
Although these measures cannot prevent accidents, they can reduce the magnitude of injury inflicted on your neck and other parts of your body. An insurance cover can enable you to seek proper medication, without being limited by costs.
- Poor Posture
Bad body posture can strain your neck muscles, ligaments and tissues. When working, it is advisable to keep your work at an eye level to reduce strains on your neck. Neck therapists recommend that the spine and line of gravity should always balance to protect you from strain injuries.
Develop proper posture to protect your neck from injuries. If you happen to experience muscular fatigue, musculoskeletal imbalances or joint compression, change your body posture to protect yourself from developing chronic neck pain.
- Emotional Stress
Stress is one of the leading causes of chronic neck pain. It can expose your neck/shoulder muscles to strain by contracting them. If you have an existing neck injury, such contractions can worsen your wounds. As a result, the injuries take longer to heal. Stress can also make you overlook signs of injuries on your neck, worsening the situation.
- Wear and Tear
Wear and tear occurs as you advance in age. People within the most productive age bracket (35-55 years) are the most vulnerable. It gets worse as you age. Aging subjects the spine to change, causing degeneration of muscles, ligaments and joints and thus poor posture. It can also affect your discs and joints, leading to chronic neck pain.
Look out for inflammation, stiffness, numbness or discomfort in your neck area as they can cause severe damage. Use painkillers and muscle relaxers to manage pain.
Contact us to find out more about neck pain treatments and what you can do to manage pain.