Your cervical spine, or neck, is built from seven bones stacked on top of each other along with a shock-absorbing disc between each level. Your neck allows for some flexibility and relies on muscles and ligaments to keep it held up instead. "Sprains" and "strains" in your neck are the result of these tissues being stretched too hard or far much like when you stretch out a rope that frays because its capacity has been exceeded.
When your ligaments tear, this is a sprain. When the muscles and tendons in your neck are torn, you have strained it.
Causes of neck pain
The main cause of neck pain is repetitive movements, such as reaching or pushing. For most patients with this condition, the problem wasn't caused by a single event like falling but rather from repeated overloading activities.
Bad posture, poor workstations, repetitive movements, prolonged overhead activity and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to common cervical sprain/strain injuries.
Neck Pain Symptoms
Your neck pain can be dull or sharp and is often accompanied by stiffness. This may make it difficult to rest as you are afraid of causing additional discomfort, which only leads your symptoms to become worse in the long-term. The back of your neck likely hurts with a deep ache that spreads throughout the shoulders and between them too.
Tension headaches are also known to commonly accompany neck injuries. If you start experiencing more severe symptoms contact us immediately, as some of these conditions include: Severe or "different" headache, Loss of consciousness and Confusion or "fogginess".
What To Do About Your Neck Pain
Have you ever injured yourself in a way that led to ongoing pain? When this happens, it's important for individuals to seek the right kind of treatment. Our office provides appropriate and effective care when injuries occur-we can help reduce your activity limitations if necessary!
If you have an acute injury, be sure to ice it for 10-15 minutes each hour. If your pain is chronic, consider using a sports cream on the area that hurts. You should ask your doctor about heat and cold therapies as they may help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with injuries like this one.
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