Occasional neck pain is fairly easy to overlook, especially if you can chalk it up to something minor, like sleeping in the wrong position. However, consistent discomfort is impossible to ignore. If you suffer from chronic neck pain, identifying the underlying cause will allow you to address it and achieve lasting relief. Below, find the common causes of neck pain and what you can do to relieve it.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Soft-tissue injuries will inevitably cause neck pain if they damage the muscles, tendons, or ligaments responsible for holding up the head. Such injuries are often the result of repetitive motion, poor posture, forceful impacts, sports accidents, motor vehicle collisions, and carrying heavy bags over the shoulder. Your doctor can determine if a soft-tissue injury is to blame for your neck pain by performing a serious of diagnostics tests.
If the injury occurs in the cervical region of the spine, herniated discs can also contribute to neck pain. Disc herniation is often the result of gradual wear and tear on the spine’s cartilaginous discs. It may be caused by forceful impacts, too, like those that occur during slips and falls.
Effective Treatments for Neck Pain
The most effective way to relieve your neck pain will ultimately depend on its underlying cause. In addition to addressing the problem at hand, you’ll have to combat the circumstances that led to the problem. For example, if poor posture is to blame, you’ll have to work on improving your posture and visit a chiropractor. Otherwise, the discomfort will simply return.
As for treating the actual pain, the most popular modalities for addressing soft-tissue injuries include icing during the first few days, applying heat later in recovery, stretching, and taking an over-the-counter medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Acupuncture may also be able to provide both immediate relief and long-term relief by stimulating the release of endorphins. It will also facilitate the body's natural healing process.
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