Risk Factors For Neck Pain

by Administrator 19. August 2015 11:01

The neck, or cervical spine, consists of several bony vertebrae, ligaments, tendons and muscles. An injury or excessive pressure on any of these structures can lead to neck pain. Symptoms that may accompany the condition include stiffness, spasms, difficulty in moving the neck, numbness, reduced range of motion and inability to move the head. Although neck pain has varied causes, however, there are certain factors that can make an individual more susceptible. Some of these have been discussed below:

  • Poor Posture: Keeping the neck in a wrong posture constantly can lead to neck pain. Working on a desk that is either too high or low can strain the neck. Sleeping on a hard mattress or using too many pillows also increases the probability of suffering from neck pain.   
  • Age: As age increases, the discs in the cervical spine may suffer gradual wear and tear, thus, causing pain. This may also reduce the strength of neck muscles which increase the chances of injuries.  
  • Repetitive Activities: Constant bending of the neck, extending for long stretches, tilting to one side or putting weight on the head may increase the incidence of neck pain. Repetitive use of the shoulders and upper back can also lead to the condition.
  • Inadequate Warm Up: Working out or playing a sport without proper warm up may lead to neck pain. Warming up increases laxity in your muscles and prepares them to handle the pressure.  
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions such as Spondylitis, Pinched Nerve, Herniated Disc etc. can also lead to neck pain. An individual suffering from any of these conditions must undergo proper treatment to avoid severe neck pain.
  • Excessive Workout: Intense or heavy workout can lead to pulling a muscle or damage the ligament and tendons in the neck. It is essential to start light while gradually increasing the intensity of a workout. Performing strenuous activities without knowing the right technique also increases the risk of injuring the neck.
  • Heavy Lifting: This can cause neck pain due to the extra pressure exerted in order to lift an object. In order to minimize pressure on the neck, one must follow a proper stance of bending the knees and elbows while anything from the ground.

For diagnosis and treatment of neck pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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