Most people have minor neck problems at one time or another in their lives due to everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Neck problems and injuries most commonly occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or projects around the home. These are often caused by a strain or spasm of the neck muscles or inflammation of the neck joints and can usually be relieved using home treatments. However, chronic neck pain refers to persistent pain anywhere from the base of the skull into the shoulders. This pain may cause a headache or spread through the shoulders, upper back, or arms. Chronic neck pain might be caused by an injury to your vertebrae, discs, muscles or ligaments, or it may have another cause.
Treatment depends on pain location, type, and severity as well as your age, health, and activity level. Emergency care is required for a neck injury that causes damage to the spinal cord. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include loss of movement or feeling, numbness, tingling, difficulty controlling the muscles of the arms or legs, and loss of bowel or bladder control.
Symptoms of Neck Pain:
- Stiffness or pain in neck, shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Difficulty moving your neck
Treatments for Neck Pain:
Tips for Managing Neck Pain:
- Create an interdisciplinary pain team
- Practice good posture
- Properly support your head and neck while sleeping