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Neck Pain - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Neck Pain? What causes neck pain?

What is Neck Pain?

The neck is made up of vertebrae which extend from the upper torso to the skull. The muscles, ligaments and bone allow for motion and also supports your head. Any injury, inflammation and abnormalities can cause neck stiffness or pain. neck stiffness can also be caused due to overuse of the neck muscles or poor postures. Neck pain is more commonly caused due to a whiplash, contact sports or a fall.

What causes neck pain?

Neck stiffness or pain can arise due to a lot of reason such as:

Muscle strain and tension-

  • Poor posture or keeping your neck in an uncomfortable position for a long time.
  • Working on a desk for a prolonged period of time wthou changing our posture.
  • Falling asleep with your neck in an uncomfortable position.
  • Jerking the neck while exercising or performing a strenuous workout.

Injury- Neck pain can also be caused during fatal falls or car accidents. In this case, the ligaments and muscles are forced to move excessively outside their normal boundaries. If the cervical vertebrae or the neck bones are fractured, the spinal cord also tends to be damaged.

Heart attack – In some cases, neck pain can be an underlying cause of a heart attack. if neck pain is caused due to a heart attack, it can be accompanied by other symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, jaw and arm pain.

Meningitis- Neck pain can also be caused due to meningitis. This disease is characterized by an infection or an inflammation of the tissue which surrounds the spinal cord and brain. During meningitis, headache and fever is accompanied along with neck pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis- This condition can be characterized by swelling and pain in the bone spurs and swelling of joins. When these signs start to occur along with neck pain, it can be an early sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

Fibromyalgia- Neck pain can be caused due to this disorder which is characterized by muscle pain in the entire body especially in the shoulder and neck region.

Herniated cervical disc- This condition occurs when a disc in the body starts protruding as a result of an injury or trauma. This condition is also known as slipped or ruptured disc.

Other causes- Sometimes neck pain can also be caused due to spinal cancer, tumors, abscesses, infections and congenital abnormalities.

Popular Questions & Answers

Right side neck and shoulder pain since last 3.5 months sometimes radiate on hand also mri report says: right forminal disc protrusion with annular tear at c5-c6 levels causing narrowing of the neural foramen and compression of right c6 nerve root.

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This can be easily cured by opening narrowing of neural canal and decompression of nerve root with proper exercise ,medicines are not much helpful and surgery is not required.

2 years ago my pyloplasty was done. I am 26 years old.in morning I got up but after getting up I yawned after yawning in my neck cramp came and its paining a lot can I take neurobion forte?

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Sir. About 2-3 weeks ago I have neck pain and I simply apply moov and take muscle relaxant. I got relief. But from past few days I got pain back with other symptoms such as sometimes shoulder pain which radiate to arms also. Sometimes pain in back of head and now from past 2-3 days I experience ear fullness with ringing sound and facial twitching generally on nose and cheeks below eyes. Please help me what should be the problem and how can I overcome this.

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Hi lybrate-user identifying your problems: 1. Overweight 2 lack of exercises leading to muscle weakness 3. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies all aspects need to be improved upon to improve your pain.

My neck is paining. Since 2 days. Also little head pain. Right back side. Does it because of bad posture. what should I apply~? combiflam?

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Hello lybrate-user, yes it could be because if wrong posture or excessive mobile/ tablet/ laptop usage. You can try hot fomentation locally over affected area, take rest, avoid looking down continuously. If problem persists then you should see nea...
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