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What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain (or cervicalgia) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. It is increasing in both intensity, frequency and severity of episodes. As people are increasingly sedentary, live fast-paced and hectic lives, they place more stress and strain on the upper back and neck regions of their spines.

Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal issues. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.
The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of your neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversly, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Neck pain may also arise from many other physical and emotional health issues.


Causes of Neck Pain

Many things can trigger neck pain. These include:

  • trauma or injury

  • worry and stress

  • falling asleep in an awkward position

  • prolonged use of a computer keyboard.

There are several theories about why so many people suffer neck pain, but they are not supported by scientific proof. For most people, no specific reason for the pain can be found.
But in some cases it's possible to make a precise diagnosis. The underlying problem could be a slipped disc, brittle bones (osteoporosis), deformed natural curvature of the spine (scoliosis) and, very rarely, structural damage due to tumours or infection.
Finally, road traffic accidents involving whiplash injury may result in acute or chronic neck pain that takes several months to improve.


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