PRNJ Pain in the neckWe’ve all had a pain in our neck. As much as it is a nuisance, we aren’t talking about the “pain in your neck”, annoying neighbor or friend; we are talking about that dull ache or sharp pain you feel in your actual neck. To better understand why some of us suffer with neck pain, you need to better understand the neck.

Your neck is composed of vertebrae that begin in the upper torso and end at the base of the skull. The bony vertebrae along with the ligaments and muscles help to provide stability to the spine. The neck has a significant amount of motion and supports the weight of your head. However, because it is less protected than the rest of the spine, the neck can be more vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion.

There are a quite a few causes for neck pain and discomfort. Some of the most common include:

  • Working at a desk bent over for hours
  • Poor posture while watching TV or reading
  • Having your computer monitor positioned too high or too low
  • Sleeping in an uncomfortable position
  • Twisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercising
  • Medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, cervical arthritis or spondylosis
  • Injuries (whiplash, injuries from falls, direct blows to the face or head, sports-related injuries)

If you are suffering from neck pain, there are a few things you can try at home to help alleviate some of the discomfort.

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil
  • Apply heat or ice to the painful area
  • Rest
  • Do slow range-of-motion exercises (move your head slowly up, down, side to side and from ear to ear)
  • Have someone gently massage your neck muscles

At Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine we understand neck pain. We offer a wide variety of services to help treat neck pain including chiropractic, physical therapy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and more. Contact us for an appointment to learn more.