There is nothing as annoying as a stiff neck. That painful crick that makes itself known every time you try to turn your neck one way or the other. Sometimes it comes from sleeping in an uncomfortable way, or it can be for another unknown reason. All you know is that the pain is real, and you want it gone, ASAP.
Being able to describe and understand neck pain symptoms will go a long way towards helping to diagnose exactly what you have. Signs and symptoms of neck pain include:
•Pain that’s made worse by holding your head in one position for any length of time. We do this when working on a computer, playing endless video games, or even while driving.
•Pain that includes a tightness in the neck muscles and occasional spasms.
•Pain that is accompanied by a headache.
•Pain which prevents you from moving your neck very much, if at all.
Identifying Neck Pain Causes
Neck pain is rarely due to a severe medical condition. Unless you’ve been in a serious auto accident, neck pain will either clear up on its own, or respond nicely to pain management treatment.
There are any number of reasons for your neck pain. Probably the most well-known is muscle strain. Improper posture, poor sleeping pillows, constant computer use, hunching over your smartphone all day and night, will only increase your chances of waking up with a stiff neck.
Another reason for neck pain is worn joints. As you age, joints begin to wear down. Chronic neck pain is often the result of osteoarthritis that is beginning to take over and cause joint damage. This results in the cartilage in-between your bones to deteriorate. Bone spurs form which can be very painful.
A third reason for neck pain is from auto accidents. Whiplash is when your head is jerked backwards, then forwards suddenly, causing the soft tissue in your neck to be damaged.
Herniated discs in your neck can put pressure on the nerves, causing neck pain whenever you move your head side to side.
Wherever the neck pain is coming from, all you want is pain relief. Don’t wait for your neck pain to increase or cause shoulder and back pain. There are targeted treatments that will make your neck pain a thing of the past.