Neck pain is a relatively common problem, and most of us will experience some degree of discomfort in this part of our body at least once in our lifetime. In most cases, neck pain will improve and disappear on its own, but if you frequently suffer from this problem, or find that conventional ways of relieving your pain are not working, you may wish to consider chiropractic care.
The neck is a very important part of our body, containing the very top of the spine, called the cervical spine, and many blood vessels and nerves that supply structures including our esophagus, larynx, trachea and thyroid gland. The neck is also home to major blood vessels including the carotid arteries and jugular veins.
When there is tension in the neck, it can have a significant impact on the flow of blood between the head and body, as well as causing compression of the nerves and potentially the spinal cord. When this happens, it can have an effect on other areas of the body, including the upper and lower limbs.
In many instances, the exact cause of neck pain may never be known. However, some of the most common causes believe to be behind the majority of cases include:
Sleeping in an awkward position
An injury, such as from a vehicle collision or fall
The pain you experience may also differ. It may be a dull ache that persists no matter what position you place your head in. Alternatively, you may experience sharp pain when you place your head a certain way or perform a specific movement, such as turning your head from side to side.
In many cases, neck pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, including swelling or inflammation in the neck, pain that radiates into the shoulders or upper arms, or headaches.