Pain in the neck can be due to injury,
a mechanical or muscular problem, trapped nerve or from arthritis
of the neck. The pain can range from very mild discomfort
to severe, burning pain.
If the pain is 'acute' - sudden and
intense - it is called a crick in the neck, facet syndrome
or muscular rheumatism but if the pain has lasted more than
three months, it is termed 'chronic' neck pain.
Neck pain is a very common condition
and is more frequently seen in women than men, most people
will experience pain in the neck at some point in their life.
The neck is very likely to get injured
because of the constant pressure from supporting the head.
Any number of incidents can cause the neck pain including:
• trauma or injury
• worry and stress
• falling asleep in an awkward position
• prolonged use of a computer keyboard
• Motor vehicle accident
• Contact supports
Neck pain can have many curses from abnormalities in the soft
tissue to a pinched nerve; neck pain can also be caused by
diseases such as degenerative disc disease or Osteoarthritis
which usually occurs in old people due to wear and tear of
the bones and joints.
The pain is general pain located in
the neck area as well as stiffness in the neck muscles and
may radiate down to the shoulder or between the shoulder blades.
Acute pain can give rise to abnormal
neck posture in which the head is forced to turn to one side;
this condition is known as torticollis and the pain at the
base of the skull may be accompanied by a feeling of weakness
in the shoulders and arms. There may also be a prickly or
tingling sensation in the arms and fingers.
The most common injury usually occurs
to the soft tissue of the neck and can recover in a few weeks
however the more severe injury including fractures may damage
the spinal cord and in result the damage could be paralysing.