According to the CDC, over 54% of U.S. adults will experience neck pain in the following year. Oftentimes neck pain is located in one spot and goes away without treatment within a few days or weeks. In some cases the pain becomes constant or radiates into other body parts, such as the shoulder and arms.
Common causes of neck pain include:
- Injuries: Car accidents are the number one cause for neck pain. In car accidents, the head is jerked forward then backward causing strain on the soft tissues of the neck.
- Muscle strains: These injuries are usually caused by improper posture or repetitive motions. Simply reading in bed at an awkward angle can result in a twisted, painful neck.
- Diseases: Some diseases such as strep throat, arthritis, and meningitis, can cause painful inflammation in the neck.
- Disc disorders: Your neck is made up of a series of fragile discs that when damaged or diseased, can cause pain.
We want to make sure that your neck pain is fixed appropriately and quickly. If you have lingering neck pain that seems to not be improving, see one of our physical therapists! They will help you create a personal, tailored program that will ease your pain and help prevent future injuries.