Causes of Neck Pain
Neck Pain is also a very common musculoskeletal complaint causing significant pain, loss of function and disability. Although not as common as low back pain the overall cost of neck pain in terms of health care costs and loss of work is one of the highest.
Keys to a Healthy Neck
- Maintain a healthy weight within normal BMI
- Proper posture is key- Shoulders back and down with your “head held high”. Every 1 degree the head is held forward adds another 10 lbs of stress on the neck
- Excellent body mechanics – Computers and excessive sitting have contributed to significantly more neck pain because our bodies were never designed to be sitting in that position for an extended period of time. Ensure the middle of your computer screen is at eye level. Bring the mouse and keyboard closer and do not “reach”. Proper posture while on a computer is essential. Stand up desks have been shown to increase productivity and decrease pain/injury.
- Strengthening of the neck and upper back- Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Etc.
Disc Disorders/Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
Muscle Strain/Sprain is typically caused by overusing the spine, repetitive movements, motor vehicle accidents, and trauma. Muscle spasms are usually the bodies “self protect mechanism” after sensing injury or inflammation to prevent further injury to the spine. Myofascial pain syndrome (trigger points) are usually secondary to poor posture, overuse, trauma or stress. Chronic muscle injuries and chronic pain that have not responded well to conservative treatments such as NSAIDS, Physical Therapy, ice and or heat and others have been shown to respond well to regenerative treatments such as Stem Cells and PRP