Neck pain, also known as cervicalgia, is a common ailment. Approximately 25%-33% of the American population and 330 million people globally experience neck pain over their lifetimes. Thankfully, for the majority of those suffering from neck pain, conservative treatment by a Physical Therapist can restore movement and provide pain relief.
What are some common causes of neck pain?
Poor sitting, standing and/or sleeping posture
Repetitive work that requires the arms lifted above the shoulders
Sitting or standing too long in same position working at computer or other equipment
Muscular tightness in the neck and/or upper back
Vehicular accidents, falls and sports-related injuries
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
Spinal disc herniation (Bulging Disc)
When should I be concerned about neck pain?
Always seek immediate medical care for severe neck pain due to injuries such as falls, sports injuries, car accidents and diving accidents. Some injuries to the neck can damage the central nervous system. This kind of trauma can be very dangerous and cause permanent damage, therefore timely emergency care is vital. It is better to be safe than sorry.
“If you suspect someone in your environment has a severe neck injury of any kind, you should immobilize their spine and call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to move them unless doing so is the only way to save their life.” (VeryWell.com)
Even if your pain is not severe, other red flags that indicate you need medical attention may include:
Changes in vision
Feeling unusual, strange pain
Pain that persists for several days
Pain that continues to worsen
Pain or numbness that spreads down arms or legs or makes limbs feel heavy
Headache, dizziness, tingling, numbness, weakness or nausea
Remember, pain is a warning sign. It is a medical condition. Pain is there to tell you something is wrong. Listen to your body. When in doubt, have it checked out.
Pain should not be a way of life. It is time to take care of yourself. To request an appointment, click here for Elite Relief, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.