It is not uncommon to experience neck pain. Poor posture can lead to neck strain. Whether it is hunching over a table or leaning over a computer. Neck pain is also commonly caused by osteoarthritis. It is rare for neck pain to be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Your neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, so it can be vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain and restrict motion. Neck pain causes include:
Muscle strains. Overuse, such as too many hours hunched over your computer or smartphone, often triggers muscle strains. Even minor things, such as reading in bed or gritting your teeth, can strain neck muscles.
Worn joints. Just like the other joints in your body, your neck joints tend to wear down with age. Osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between your bones (vertebrae) to deteriorate. Your body then forms bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain.
Diseases. Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can cause neck pain.
Nerve compression. Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.
Injuries. Rear-end auto collisions often result in whiplash injury, which occurs when the head is jerked backward and then forward, straining the soft tissues of the neck.
The most common cause of neck pain is poor posture combined with age-related wear and tear. There may be some simple adjustments that you can make in your daily routine that can help reduce neck pain, such as keeping your head centered over your spine. Other factors include:
Poor posture. Be sure your shoulders are straight over your hips and your ears are directly over your shoulders when standing or sitting.
Prolonged computer use. Put your computer monitor at eye level by adjusting your desk, chair, and computer. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips. If your chair has armrests, use them.
Smoking. Smoking can put you at a higher risk of developing neck pain.
Heavy lifting. Keep heavy bags off your shoulders in order to reduce neck pain risks.
Incorrect sleeping position. Your head and neck should be aligned. Keep your neck supported by a small pillow. You can flatten your spinal muscles by lying on your back with pillows raised behind your thighs.
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