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Neck pain is the number three cause of chronic pain, affecting 65% of Americans ages 18-34.

Neck pain can be caused by a number of factors:  

  • Injury and Accidents:  A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting "rebound" in the opposing direction is known as whiplash.  This can cause muscle fibers to tear either micro or macroscopically, thereby the muscle will react by tightening and contracting (spasms), creating muscle fatigue and/or adhesion, which can result in pain and stiffness. 

  • Aging:  Degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc desease directly affact the neck.  

    • Osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder, caused by progressive deterioration of the joint cartilage.  The body responds by forming bone spurs that affect joint movement. 

    • Spinal Stenosis causes the small nerve passageways in the vertebrae to narrow, leading to compression of the nerve roots exiting the spine.  Stenosis can also cause pain that radiates into the shoulder and arms, and cause numbness and weakness. 

    • Degenerative disc disease can cause reduction in the elasticity and height of the intervertebral discs, over time leading to bulges and herniations.  This can cause tingling, numbness, and pain that can start in the neck and radiate down into the arms. 

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL's):  Poor posture, poor work ergonomics, microtrauma, etc; can cause stress that can affect the joints and muscles of the neck.  These causes can take months or years to develop symptoms severe enough to need treatment. 

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