Neck pain is a common condition that the team at First State Spine addresses. Have you noticed numbness in your hands? A burning pain that shoots from your neck to your fingertips? Are simple tasks such as opening a jar or water bottle becoming difficult? Muscle strains, worn joints, injuries, and nerve compression are all causes of neck pain.
Symptoms often associated with neck pain:
- Arm Weakness: you could experience pain or weakness in your arms; sometimes this could be your only symptom!
- Shoulder or Chest Pain: in addition to pain throughout your neck, you may also have pain that extends to the shoulder or to the upper chest.
- Headaches: tension headaches could also be a symptom; the pain presents itself in the back of your head and occasionally behind your eye or into your ear.
- Tightness: your muscles may feel tight, especially if you’ve been in one position for a long time.
- Range of Motion: you may notice that the range of motion in your neck is compromised.
When to see a doctor about your neck pain:
- Your pain endures for several days without relief
- The pain spreads down arms or legs
- You experience a headache, numbness, weakness, or tingling
- There is sudden severe pain after a fall or injury
Daily habits to prevent neck pain:
- Practice good posture. Always make a conscious effort to keep your shoulders in line with your hips and your ears are directly over your shoulders. Also, make sure your smartphone isn’t giving you bad posture.
- Take time to stretch. Whether you travel long distances or work long hours at your computer, make sure you get up frequently to stretch.
- Adjust your workspace. Take preventative measures without sacrificing comfort with these tips.
- Sleep in the right position. Make sure you are using the best pillows and positions for neck alignment.