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Pain is usually an indicator that a particular part of your body is in need of some special attention. In fact, it announces that something needs to be done soon. People who do not experience pain even when they have physiological issues can easily fall into extenuating complications that produce dire results.
But while pain serves an important purpose, it lowers one’s quality of life so the root cause always needs to be addressed and eliminated. Neck pain is an extremely common type of physical discomfort. It affects almost everyone at one point or another. There are several different ways that neck pain can present itself, and the following article sheds light on them:
The 7 faces of neck pain
If you’re bothered by neck pain, you have plenty of company. Doctors estimate that seven out of 10 people will be troubled by such pain at some point in their lives. But if you were to ask each of these people to describe their neck pain, you would probably get seven different stories.
By clearly describing your specific neck symptom, or combination of symptoms, you can help your doctor determine what’s wrong and how to help.
Here are the most common types of neck pain.
Muscle pain. Aching or sore neck and shoulder muscles may occur in response to overexertion or prolonged physical or emotional stress. The neck muscles may develop hard knots that are tender to the touch, sometimes called trigger points. Read more at health.harvard.edu
As the article describes, your doctor should be able to determine which of the different manifestations of neck pain you are suffering from. Some are more serious than others, but all of them need attention.
When you experience neck pain that you suspect is caused by either exertion or lack of adequate exercise, you need to ensure your work-out technique includes some stretches to help alleviate the pain. Fitness specialists can lend a hand in ensuring your body is in good shape. The following article gives some tips from the experts:
5 Neck Stretches That Reduce Soreness
Spin. Sit at desk. Do some yoga. Sleep. Sound a bit like your life? These everyday activities are great for your health but could quickly become, well, a pain in the neck. “When this area is under abnormal stress, the muscles and soft tissue tighten up to protect you. But if they tighten up too much, they pinch the nerve endings, which causes pain and stiffness,” says FITNESS advisory board member Marty Jaramillo, a founder and CEO of I.C.E. Sports Therapy in New York City. Try his neck stretches and tips to banish pesky neck pain for good. Read more at Fitness Magazine…
The exercises described in the linked post help to alleviate some of the soreness you might be experiencing. This will go a long way in dealing with the problem before it graduates to something else.
But what about situations in which you are experiencing neck pain on an almost daily basis? Chronic neck pain is an indicator of an underlying issue in your body. The following article explains this in more detail:
Chronic Neck Pain: What Condition Is Causing My Neck Pain?
The neck—or cervical spine—is a coordinated network of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles directed by the brain and the spinal cord. It is designed for strength, stability, and nerve communication.
Commonly, there are a number of problems that cause pain in the neck. Additionally, irritation along the nerve pathways can cause pain into the shoulder, head, arm, and hand. Irritation of the spinal cord can cause pain into the legs and other areas below the neck.
Most instances of neck pain will go away within a few days or weeks, but pain that persists for months could signal an underlying medical cause that needs to be addressed—in some instances early intervention may be necessary for the best results. Read more at Spine-Health…
Neck pain that persists for days without easing indicates that you have an underlying issue that is causing the condition. This root level dysfunction must be addressed to alleviate the pain you are experiencing. There could be multiple possibilities for the underlying cause, but one of the first suspects should be a faulty temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Often, the relationship between neck pain and the TMJ is overlooked — even by health care professionals. However, we understand and effectively treat this correlation here at Fort Collins Headache Center.
The TruDenta System is a pain-free and drug-free way to assess your jaw and determine if TMJ dysfunction is at the root of your health concerns. The exam takes around 20 minutes. If you are a candidate for our breakthrough TruDenta therapy, a customized treatment plan is designed for you.
To book your consultation appointment, call Fort Collins Headache Center today at 970-672-8517 or use the contact form on this page. Dr. Jared Ward, founder and lead practitioner at the Center, can put your chronic neck pain to rest.