Neck pain can be the consequence of a number of disorders. Symptoms can range from occasional dull aching to chronic, severe neck pain that effects your daily quality of life. The cause of your neck pain could be something minor, such as a muscle spasm, but could also indicate something more severe. Left unchecked, current symptoms may worsen and new symptoms may develop. Common causes of neck pain are prolonged periods of poor posture, inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the neck and degeneration.
Neck pain is a common complaint among office workers or people who are required to do repetitive neck movements. These activities can lead to mechanical joint dysfunction, high muscle tension, abnormal pressure on the joints of the neck and upper back and muscle imbalances. Early treatment of neck pain can help prevent this becoming a chronic condition and leading to more serious symptoms such as numbness and weakness of the arms. Neck pain is often the result of benign conditions but can be associated with more serious medical conditions.
Treatment of simple neck pain should focus on correcting underlying causes and restoring proper joint and muscle function to the cervical spine. Sometimes neck pain is caused by pain referral from other parts of the body, commonly the upper back, shoulder and jaw, so other parts of the body may be evaluated during the course of treatment.