Neck pain is a globally pervasive problem that can in some instances lead to partial or complete disability. According to International Association for the Study of Pain, 30-50% of the world’s population is affected by neck pain. Although most people experience neck pain at some point in their lives, the problem usually subsides after a few days. Some people, however, develop chronic neck pain and have to seek medical attention. The physician who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat patient with neck pain on a daily basis. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we look at some of the common causes of neck pain and what to do if the problem refuses to go. Read on.
Causes of Neck Pain
Although natural wear and tear of muscles and bones is common as a person ages, poor posture can make the problem much worse. The result can cause swelling or stiffness and even the impingement of the nerve root in the spine.
Whiplash or neck sprain (forced movement of the neck beyond its range of motion) as a result of falls, accidents, or sport-related injuries is another common cause of neck pain. The forced stretching of ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissue can result in restricted motion, swelling and pain.
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Musculoskeletal abnormalities are typically disorders of the musculoskeletal system that are present at birth (though sometime not apparent until later in life) and can be another common cause of pain or tightness in the neck. In such cases, the spine can be out of alignment due to deformity or malformation and as such cause pain, weakness or other symptoms of spinal disorders.
Stress can complicate the healing process of existing neck injuries. Many people hold their stress in their neck and shoulders by contracting neck and shoulder muscles, leading to pain, tightness or discomfort.
The Way Forward
If you or someone you know has been dealing with neck or back pain, consult an orthopedic surgeon to help determine your treatment options. Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center can connect you with a number of participating orthopedic surgeons in Plano and nearby areas, who are specialized in the treatment of neck and back problems. To book an appointment with one of the participating surgeons, simply call 888 608 4762 or fill out our Set an Appointment form.
Note: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.