Chronic neck pain: Why Does My Neck Always Hurt?
Is this is how my neck is supposed to feel?
There are too many people in America today who resigned themselves to pain. They just assume that it’s a “normal condition”. A Recent Survey Performed by the American Osteopathic Association found that almost 50% of the people surveyed agreed that chronic neck pain is a part of life; and another 41% believe pain is a standard part of the aging process.
There are many different reasons why people have neck pain. They could be anything from direct trauma, age related neck pain, serious disease related issues or repetitive motion type injuries. The following is a list of five most common types of chronic neck pain and what to do about them:
Chronic Neck pain related to serious disease issues:
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a condition that can cause chronic inflammation throughout the spinal column. Over time, the bones of the neck, mid back and low back will begin to fuse together naturally due to irritation of inflammation. Their are blood tests for A.S. and many chiropractic therapies and stretching activities can help reduce pain and stiffness that comes from this disease. If you catch this early, and start a regimen of stretching and exercise, you have a chance of slowing down the disease process and improving quality of life.
Repetitive motion causing chronic neck pain:
this is a very common cause of chronic neck pain because everyone has repetitive motion activities that we do all day long. From the way we sit to the way we lift and even the way we walk. These type motions call certain muscle groups and are back to over contract and become tighter on one side than the other. This increased tension will cause pressure on the spinal joints almost like a vice pressing down. These type problems can lead to early arthritis, disk irritation or tendinitis.
Is my chronic neck pain causing nerve damage?
Chronic pressure and irritation in the neck can cause nerve to become irritated or damaged. If the soft tissue gets inflamed around an area where the nerve exits the spine, you may have sensations of shooting pain or numbness and tingling down the shoulder into the arm and hand. This type pain does not need to be overlooked for very long because the longer you have compression on the nerve the more likely it is to become damaged over time.
Can an old car wreck cause chronic neck pain?
Whiplash injuries from an auto accident can cause neck pain. From the over stretching and compressing of joints and soft tissue during the whiplash movement. Tissue can become overstretched creating micro tears in muscles and soft tissue. These type injuries, after healing up, can leave muscle knots and soft tissue adhesions that make it to where you’re soft tissue doesn’t function as well as it supposed to. Chiropractic physicians can provide soft tissue physiotherapy to help with these muscle knots and to create better function of the neck joints so that your neck pain can be as minimal as possible.
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