What is neck pain?
- Pain in the neck can be due
to: injury, a mechanical or muscular problem, a trapped nerve caused by a
bulge in one of the discs between the vertebrae or from arthritis of the
- It can range from mild
discomfort to severe, burning pain.
- If the pain is ‘acute’ –
sudden and intense – it’s often related to a wry neck (torticollis), facet
syndrome or muscular rheumatism.
- If the pain has lasted more
than three months, it’s termed ‘chronic’ neck pain.
- Neck pain is a common condition
and is more frequently seen in women than men.
- Most people will experience
pain in the neck at some point in their life.
What causes neck pain?
Many things can trigger neck pain. These include:
- Trauma or injury
- Worry and stress
- Falling asleep in an awkward
- Prolonged use of a computer
There are several theories about why so many people suffer neck pain, but
they are not supported by scientific proof. For many people with neck pain, no
absolutely specific reason for the pain can be found.
But in a significant minority of cases, it’s possible to make a more 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 tumors 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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