What Is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is just that a pain in the neck. It’s often followed by stiffness in the neck and shoulders. It’s a common problem with lots of causes.
Your neck has a tough job. It holds up the same weight as a bowling ball all day long. The bones at the top of your spine, along with your muscles and ligaments, support your head, which weighs about 11 pounds.
Neck Pain can often be caused by the day to day stresses that we put on our bodies. Things like sleeping wrong, bad posture, or even looking down at our phones for long time periods can cause neck pain, as more than one-quarter of American adults can tell you. That’s why it’s important to get your spine check to not only get you feeling better but to make sure that more serious issues like degeneration of the spine or arthritis of the spine isn’t happening.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Pain that’s often worsened by holding your head in one place for long periods, such as when driving or working at a computer
- Muscle tightness and spasms
- Decreased ability to move your head
- Pain or tightness going into the shoulders and down the arms