neck pain

Is your Neck Pain normal, or serious?

Neck Pains being quite a common phenomenon people often treat their pain using home remedies and off the counter medications. However, if a headache is a severe or prolonged one, it is best to consult a specialist.

In this article, we go through the nine most common causes of pain, specifically on the right side of the neck.

  1. Degeneration

The vertebrae and discs in your neck are prone to wear and tear as you age. As you go through the degeneration process, you will experience chronic, or persistent, pain in the neck. In some cases, it can also result in the discs, vertebrae and other parts of the neck to breaking down.

  1. Sleeping position

Sleeping postures and positions vary from person to person. But what most people don’t realize is that a bad posture can result in a sore neck the next morning. It can also base itself on other factors such as the firmness of the mattress and number of pillows that they use.  Sometimes falling asleep without support for the head or the neck out of alignment heightens the probability of waking up with a sore neck.

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  1. Stress & Anxiety

Tension and worry cause the muscles to tighten. Often people tend to hold stress in their necks and back and end up feeling pain from the excess strain they apply on the neck.

  1. Acute Torticollis

Torticollis is a known medical condition that results in the head twisting to one side. Post this it can be excruciating to try and straighten out the head.  Most of the times these things happen due to a minor ligament or muscle sprains in one ’s neck. However, exposing the neck to freezing temperatures for a long period could also be a cause.

  1. Brachial Plexus Injury

A brachial plexus refers to a group of nerves that join together the spinal cord in the neck to the hands. Commonly, injury to the brachial plexus is blunt force trauma, that may have occurred as a result of an accident or a sporting injury.

  1. Whiplash

Whiplash is a term that is used to describe a neck injury wherein the head jolts forward and then gets back into place very quickly.

  1. Non-specific

Regular neck pain is often a result of a minor sprain or tears to the muscle tissue. Poor posture could be one of the prime causes. Positioning the neck out of alignment for long hours strains the muscles.

  1. Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy, or a pinched nerve, occurs when the irritation nerves originating in ones spinal cord positioned in the neck causes pain to travel down the arm. Some primary symptoms include; pins and needles, numbness in the arms and pain in part of the arms.

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