Due to hectic schedules and busy routines, most people are unable to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle. This has increased the number of people suffering from various health disorders. Neck pain is one of the most common problems experienced by a lot of people. However, there are many people who don’t realize that the head is around 14-16 pounds, and balancing on their necks. It’s worth mentioning that your neck has the least muscle stabilization in your spine. Moreover, it’s very flexible. Due to this, your neck is highly susceptible to injuries.
The spinal cord runs through the vertebra, and contains various branches called spinal nerves. All the nerves work together to send impulses to different parts of your body. Some bundles of nerves even go down your upper back and arms. Thus, if you experience some pain in your upper back or certain symptoms in your hands and arms, such as tingling, numbness, pain or cold, the source of the problem may be your neck.
There are times when you confuse these symptoms with a common disorder called carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is quite common in people working on computers. Extended periods of sitting in front of a computer or repetitive motions can cause neck pain. In addition to this, they also cause muscle spasms and headaches. According to healthcare experts, a wide range of symptoms can occur in your neck, and cause several problems in other areas of your body.
Common Symptoms of Neck Pain
Your neck is divided into several regions. The lower and middle neck can be sore and stiff easily. When you sit in front of a computer for extended periods, you bring unnecessary wear and tear to your neck. This leads to degeneration. When certain joints in the neck begin to degenerate, they become sore and stiff. This is called arthritis of the spine, and causes the vertebra to move less and less over time. The condition should be treated before it gets worse.
According to healthcare experts, over 90% headaches are fixable and preventable. Most headaches are caused by problems in your neck. It causes your muscles to spasm, and places unnecessary pressure on your spinal nerves. Extra stress and pressure on your nervous system causes headaches. In most cases, headaches occur right at the base of the skull. It makes you feel like the headache is traveling to your forehead. Most medical professionals believe that such headaches respond quite well to traditional treatment methods for misaligned neck.
When your neck is unstable or injured, your muscles should pick up some slack, and provide support to your neck. This instance is common after you suffer a whiplash accident. However, it can also occur with bad posture. When your spine is unstable, the muscles contract to guard your joints and some important spinal nerves. With constant stress, your muscles can get strained. This leads to neck pain. If some joints in your neck are restored to proper function, your muscles can also relax.
Loss of Mobility
It’s worth mentioning that the neck is a unique region in the body. It has various ranges of motion. With repetitive motions, such as working on a computer for extended periods, your joints become misaligned and overused with a certain kind of arthritis. Since the neck has various ranges of motion, it’s always at a higher risk to suffer from arthritis. Over time, it may become difficult to turn your neck. In most cases, proper range of motion can be easily restored with non-surgical treatment methods.
A unique circle of cartilage is located between the vertebra. It’s called a vertebra disc, which helps you with flexibility and mobility. Once you begin to develop neck arthritis, you notice a disc herniation or disc bulge. In most cases, this happens in your lower neck. The disc bulge places unnecessary pressure on the spinal nerves. It leads to a wide range of health problems.
Generally, a disc bulge sends symptoms down your hands and arms. Once again, this may be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome. In some cases, symptoms may also go down the shoulder blade with acute pain. Disc herniation’s and bulges come in grades. These problems can also be prevented with traditional treatment methods. However, you need to take necessary steps in time.
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