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A simple crimp in the neck can put us all out for the day. Not only does neck pain hurt, but it can be a large source of other pain in the body.

neck pain and its causes

The neck, with its intricate structure and wide range of mobility, needs to remain in good condition to support healthy functioning and movement of your body. When there is pain in the neck making it difficult to move your head in any direction, it can be hard to carry out day-to-day activities. One can face sharp or dull aching in neck, shoulder and nearby muscles.This can also result in headaches, tingling, numbness, stiffness, tenderness, swelling in neck and difficult in swallowing.

There are various reasons responsible for neck pain which includes muscle tension and strain that can be due to poor posture, working at a desk for long hours without taking breaks, sleeping with your neck in a bad position and jerking the neck during exercise. In this article, we will discuss 4 common causes of neck pain.

  1. Cervical spondylosis- Cervical spondylosis is a situation which causes debilitation of the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine.It is also known as arthritis of the neck, cervical osteoarthritis, or degenerative osteoarthritis.

cervical spondylosis

The seven small vertebrae which form the neck is known as cervical spine. They start at the base of the skull. In cervical spondylosis, the edges of the vertebrae often develop bone spurs called osteophytes. Over time, the discs get thinner, and their ability to absorb shock is lost, increasing the riskof symptoms.

Almost 65% of people over the age of 65 years experiences cervical spondylosis but pain is not faced by everyone.

  1. Dowager’s hump-Dowager’s hump is nothing but a lump behind neck appears due to improper sitting positions or due to many other reasons.A common problem affecting elders today is the development of dowager’s hump. There forms a disturbance in cervical and thoracic curvature due to dowager’s hump.Due to dowager’s hump The condition appears in the form of a humped upper back and affects men and women as they age.dowagers hump

The “hump” part of the term refers to the pronounced kyphosis that you see many women have. As the elderly woman’s posture deteriorated, a hump would develop on the back of their upper thoracic spine and became known as a Dowager’s Hump.

Dowager’s Hump is a result of the poor posture caused by stooping over devicesssg, slouching in front of computers, sitting in soft chairs, and our laissez-faire attitude in schools and at dinner tables.

  1. Herniated disk-You are not alone. Chronic neck pain is a common issue that millions of people just like you face every day. The spinal structure, muscles, tissues, and nerves that are present in the neck create a complex system, and when something goes awry, it can lead to a painful experience.herniated cervical disc

When a disc is damaged due to pressure from surrounding vertebrae in the cervical spine (neck), herniated disk occurs. Only when the damage disc presses by the nearby nerve root  causing pain and numbness toradiate from neck into the shoulder and arms, the symptom of the herniated disc occurs.Certain positions and movement can aggravate and intensify pain..

  1. Forward head posture-From an early age we keep on hearing to remain in proper posture because the impact of posture is very clear on your health.Poor posture can cause spinal pain, headaches, mood changes, blood pressure, even your pulse and your lung capacity could leave you looking for a Simply improving your posture may reduce or ultimately eliminate many of your symptoms. forward head posture

There are many factors in today’s lives that encourage poor posture. Computers, phones, TV, video games, and backpacks all cause people to use a forward head posture. When you hold your head forward you overwork and strain your neck and upper back muscles. Spending a lot of time in forward head posture can cause muscle fatigue and neck pain caused by continuous isometric contraction. Your neck muscles will suffer from less circulation which causes burning pain. Forward head posture can even damage your spinal tissues by causing them to deform and change. Long term forward head posture can create permanent changes to your spine causing frequent visits to the back pain doctor.

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