Interesting Facts About Your Neck Problem

Almost everyone at some time is going to have a neck problem.  These problems most often occur from participating in recreational activities, sports or are related to performing various tasks either at work or at home.

Many people will refer to a neck problem as a “kink”, or describe the area as being stiff and causing moderate to severe pain.  When this occurs, generally you have very limited movement in your neck primarily on one side.

A neck problem includes an area that begins at the skull base all the way to the shoulders.  This includes the joints and bones of your cervical spine, the cervical vertebrae disks that absorb shock when you move, as well as the ligaments and muscles that actually hold your cervical spine together.

Often, a neck problem will be caused due to a spasm or strain to the muscles in the neck or if your neck joints become inflamed.  If you are watching television or reading and holding your head in a peculiar position, it can often result in neck pain.  Stress plays an important factor in a neck problem as well.  Tension will result in the trapezius muscle that runs from the back of your head across the back of your shoulder to feel very tight and cause a great deal of pain.  Another influencing activity would be any type of exercise that you use the arms or upper body to perform. 

An acute neck problem can often be a result of falling, tripping or twisting of your spine.  These are generally caused from a sports-related injury, whiplash from a car accident, a fall from an elevated area, a blow to the back of the head, a stab wound or strangulation.  This sort of a neck problem can result in bruising, swelling and severe pain.

If the pain is caused from a strain to the muscle then the pain can spread across the upper back, down the arms and even though the hands if a pinched nerve is involved.  If the neck problem is caused from a dislocation to your spine it can cause the spinal cord to be injured and result in paralysis.  Another cause can also be a ruptured disc.  This allows the material in the disc to leak out and result in dizziness, headache, an upset stomach and pain down your arm.

If your neck problem results in damage to the spinal cord then emergency care is required immediately.  Symptoms of this includes numbness, loss of feeling, loss of muscle control in legs or arms and loss of bladder or bowel control.

There are other factors that are not injury related that could be the cause of your neck problems as well.  Arthritis can cause a pinched nerve, affecting one side of the neck.  Meningitis, a serious bacterial illness can cause tissues of your brain and spinal cord to become inflamed and the flu, which may seem like meningitis with similar symptoms can cause your whole body to feel achy, primarily the neck area.  Finally, torticollis that is caused by severe contractors to the muscles on one side of your neck that results in your head being tilted on one side.  This is often congenital.

Depending on the severity of your neck problem or what the cause was, physical therapy or medicine may be needed.  If it is more of a soreness then an injury you can rotate the neck slowly in a circulation motion.  This helps a lot of people when they wake up with a stiff neck.  A nice hot shower or a heating pad will often stimulate relief and if there is any swelling caused by the neck problem then an ice pack is ideal.  It may also feel good to make your own neck brace out of a warm towel just out of the dryer.  Roll it up and tie it around your neck like a brace.

Having pain in your neck can often cause severe discomfort.  If you think your neck problem could be a serious injury then you should seek immediate emergency care.


 

 

 


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