Neck pain is a common ailment. Muscles in your neck can be stretched from poor posture, whether leaning over your laptop or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of pain in the neck. Rarely, neck pain can be a sign of a more severe problem.
However, here are five causes of severe neck pain.
- Muscle Sprains or strain
This occurs as a result of an injury. Something like an injury from a fall, car accident, or sports injury. It can also be from sleeping in an uncomfortable position of being in one spot too long. Even an injury to your joint or turning too quickly can do it. There are several ways someone can strain a muscle; sometimes, it can be from stress or that combined with one of the other kind of things I’ve discussed below.
- Bulged (Herniated) Disc
A Herniated disc occurs when the inner drive, the nucleus, swells, or ruptures through the outside part and puts stress on nerves. It normally occurs due to a severe injury, like one of the above, but on a harsher scale. Often, someone has acquired a certain amount of wear and tear first, then something is the “final straw,” prompting that disc to rupture. A bulge is similar, but the outer disc stays intact but bumps. The same inflammation and pain may result. Depending on precisely where the disc bulge is, and its size will define the amount of nerve pressure. Often as discs degenerate and flatten, they bulge. This leads me to my next probable cause.
Arthritis is another word for wear and tear or degeneration. People who beat up their muscles over the ages will have more arthritis as they grow old. There are many circumstances, but mostly, people who don’t take care of themselves usually break down faster. Like a bike, if you don’t feed it with the right fuel and sustain it by replacing the oil and cleaning certain things, it may stop working. Our bodies work in the same way, and as more degeneration sets in, the bones become more fragile, tissues become tighter, and pain spreads. Constant reproduction of certain activities or having reduced posture over time can lead to degenerative alterations in the spine.
- Muscle Spasm
Muscles are an essential factor in allowing us to move and to be productive. Doing one motion repetitively, or incorrectly can cause the muscles to overstretch and be damaged. Muscle spasm can cause persistent pain because the muscles are disturbed due to damaging pressure on them.
- Poor Neck Posture
What your posture looks like on the surface is often what your spine looks like on the interior. So if you have forward head posture, for instance, you’ve probably lost the natural neck curvature. This is also known as a loss of cervical lordosis. This will tense the nerves and spinal cord; it will strain the muscles in the back of the neck and make you vulnerable to all of the conditions stated above.