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Neck Pain – What causes it?

Neck Pain Causes and Treatment watertown sd

Neck Pain – What causes it?

Neck pain - what causes it?  Sometimes it's easy to know.  A slip, a fall, a car accident, or feeling a tweak in your neck while lifting weights are examples. Other times it's tough to know. A draft can do it.  Sleeping in a strange bed or using a strange pillow, or even repetitive postures like looking down to text can strain a person's neck. The vast majority of neck pain problems are what we call "mechanical" in nature, meaning that it's not a disease causing the pain but something that's caused the neck to stop working correctly.

Normal use and normal movements of the neck generally place no stress on its tissues, joints or vertebrae. Neck pain develops when we use our neck in a way we're not used to, or we overuse it. When the neck stop working correctly, we experience pain and other symptoms that many times lead people to stop everything and call doctors like me.

Other common causes of neck pain include:

  • Disk Degeneration (also know as Spondylosis)
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal subluxations

Of course, there are many other causes of neck pain.  This is a review of some of the more common ones.

If you would like to learn more, check out our clinic's Neck Pain page. Another good review is here.  And last, a few good references from PubMed include:

If you have questions, we're just a phone call or email away. Feel free to contact us.

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