CAUSES OF NECK PAIN
- Poor Posture – Neck pain can be due to weakness or fatigue of neck muscles and over-stretching of ligaments, resulting in increased pressure on the discs, nerves and the neck joints. Long hours in front of the computer, sleeping with your head in an awkward position, or working with your head down for long periods all tend to cause or worsen neck pain.
- Degenerative and Inflammatory Diseases – Like Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis can result in stiffness and pain of the neck
- Disc Degeneration – The disc acts as a shock absorber between the bones in the neck. In Disc Degeneration, the gelatin-like disc loses it elasticity and the space between the vertebrae narrows causing further wear and tear. The disc may also protrude or herniate, and may cause pressure on the nerve roots.
- Injury – With the increased mobility and weight of the head resting on it, the neck is extremely vulnerable to injury. Motor vehicle accidents, contact sports, and falls may result in neck injury.
- A rear vehicle collision may result in extreme backward and forward motion, also known as Whiplash Injury. Most common injuries are on the soft tissues, i.e. muscles and ligaments. Severe injuries may result in fracture or dislocation of the neck.
- In rare cases, infection or tumors may cause neck pain.