Neck Pain Overview
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Most of us will probably experience neck pain at some point in our lives, but many of us won't know what caused it. Neck pain can be a result of a variety of causes—from having whiplash from a minor fender bender to waking up with a stiff neck from sleeping in a funny position the night before.
We don't all feel neck pain in the same way, however. Your pain may shoot down your arm or just on one side of your neck. You may even get headaches from neck pain. Symptoms may only last a few days, or you may have chronic pain that limits daily activities.
Because there are so many causes and symptoms of neck pain, there are multiple ways to treat it. Your options aren't limited to medications. Physical therapy and yoga can also help ease your pain, for example.
Neck Pain Causes
Some common causes of neck pain are:
- Aging: Growing older can have a direct impact on your cervical spine. Degenerative disc disease and spinal osteoarthritis (spondylosis) are two age-related disorders that can cause neck pain.
- Injuries and accidents: Even a minor car accident can cause whiplash, which leads to neck pain. A fall can also result in neck injury and pain.
- Daily life: Everyday tasks can cause stress, leading to tight neck muscles. Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles, for instance, can result in neck pain and stiffness.
- Other disorders: Spinal infections, fractures, and tumors sometimes cause chronic neck pain. You should seek immediate medical attention of you think you have one of these conditions.