Your neck is one of the most important parts of your body. It supports your head, allowing it to balance, turn, look up and down, and bend side to side. But what happens if you’re having neck pain or stiffness and spine pain? Do you know how to relieve it naturally?
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Neck pain can be a sign of a serious injury or illness. If you have neck pain that continues for more than a week, is severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
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Symptoms of neck pain may include:
Stiff neck. People with stiff neck often describe feeling as though their neck is stuck or stiff. Neck pain can sometimes cause a decreased range of motion and make it more difficult to turn and look behind you.”
Sharp pain. Neck pain may feel like a dull ache, muscle tension, or even sharp or knifelike. It may be accompanied by headaches, fatigue and difficulty sleeping, among other symptoms. If you experience neck pain for 3 months or longer, it’s time to see your doctor.
Pain when moving. If you have neck pain or a stiff neck, stretching is a way to help reduce the pain and improve your range of motion. Find out why you should stretch, how to do it effectively, and which stretches are best for you.
Radiating pain or numbness. Neck pain that is from a pinched nerve may feel like a burning or sharp pain that starts at the neck and travels down the arm. Talk with a doctor if you experience this symptom.
Headache. Headache related to neck strain are called cervicogenic headaches. They are sometimes caused by muscle tension in your shoulders or stiffness in your neck that restricts the movement of your head.
Causes of neck pain
Muscle tension and strain
- Poor posture is the main cause of neck pain in women. Poor posture may occur while sitting at a desk, sleeping or while driving.
- If you are working for too long at a desk without changing position
- sleeping in a bad position with your neck can cause
- jerking your neck during exercise
The neck is especially vulnerable to injury during falls, car accidents, and sports where the muscles and ligaments are forced to move outside of their normal range. If the neck bones (cervical vertebrae) are fractured, the spinal cord may also be damaged. Neck injury from sudden jerking of the head is commonly called whiplash.
Other symptoms of a heart attack, such as:
- shortness of breath
- arm or jaw pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis can cause neck pain by causing pain and swelling in the joints, as well as bone spurs.
- Osteoporosis can lead to neck pain by weakening bones and causing small fractures, which are more likely to occur in the hands or knees but can also happen in the neck
- Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes muscle pain throughout the body, but is especially common in the neck and shoulder region
- As we age, the discs in our necks can degenerate, a condition known as spondylosis or osteoarthritis of the neck. This degeneration narrows the space between our vertebrae and puts extra stress on our joints.
- A herniated cervical disc, also called a ruptured or slipped disc, can occur when a disc protrudes and puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Herniated discs usually happen due to a trauma or injury.
If symptoms persist for more than a week, consult a doctor.