A Look At Possible Causes Of Neck Stiffness Or Pain

March 8, 2014

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Many people deal with neck pain occasionaly, but it seems that most don’t realize what causes them and how they can be treated. The spine all the way to the neck is truly a amazing design masterpiece which makes it one of the most complex parts of the human body.

But what really causes neck pain? In this article, we will look at the different reasons behind the occurrence of neck pain and neck stiffness.

The spine may appear to be a vulnerable piece of design work but in actuality, it is tougher that it looks.  Have you looked at a baby’s neck? It’s quite flexible – thus a good manifestation of the durability of the neck.  

It’s really amazing how the spinal cord can resist injury. But even with the spinal cord’s strength, it can still take in damages and thus leads to neck pain.

A bowling ball and the human head are basically the same in weight. Imagine a bowling ball balancing on two small knuckle joints – this is how the head is balanced.

What causes neck pain?

While neck pain or stiffness can be caused by a variety of factors, most causes of neck pain lasts only for a while, eventually it will disappear. However, in certain cases, it can be a part of a medical condition such as Osteoarthritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). Trauma or minor twisting injuries can also result to neck stiffness or pain.

Non-specific neck pain are also connected with spasm in the muscle responsible for supporting the neck.

When’s The Time To Consult a Doctor about a neck pain

If you think the pain is only caused by stress, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if the pain isn’t improving after a week or two, then it’s about time you go see your physician. If you think the pain is already very bad, better see a doctor or a physiotherapist immediately.

If you feel a intolerable pain developing in your shoulders, in your hips or even thighs, take action as soon as possible. These symptoms can be a sign of PMR. If you have this, immediate treatment is required so as not to aggravate the medical condition.

Neck Pain Remedy and Treatment

Neck pain is curable even without taking medications. Simply gently massage the neck muscle to get a relief from the tension build-up around it. Massaging often helps but if the pain persists, you can take some pain-killers. Remember that medications such as paracetamol should only be taken every 4 hours.

Poor standing posture can also case neck pain. To prevent neck pain, you should practice standing up properly. Also, don’t work on a desk that’s too low, it’ll just keep your head from bending forward for a a while – which would eventually result to neck stiffness.

Do a bit of stretching exercises too. It would also help if you rest for a few days if the pain on your neck doesn’t go away even with medications.  You need to rest those neck muscles and in a matter of time, you’ll be back to your regular routine again.



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