What Causes Neck Pain?
There are many different possible causes of neck pain. One of the most common is trauma. This could be due to a sports injury or whiplash. This type of neck pain will generally come on soon after the injury is sustained. However, it can take up to a few days for neck pain to develop after trauma.
Poor posture is another common reason for neck pain. Lack of awareness, working at a poorly set up workstation, carrying uneven loads or sleeping in an awkward position can all result in neck pain. This type of pain should resolve relatively quickly once you have improved your posture.
A crick in the neck, also known as wry neck, comes on suddenly and can be extremely painful. It is usually caused by a sudden, awkward movement of the neck or sleeping in an unusual position. Although this type of neck pain is severe, it usually gets better within 24 – 48 hours and does not require further treatment.
Denegerative diseases can cause neck pain including osteoarthritis, anklosing spondylitis, cervical spinal stenosis and cervical generative disc disease. These cause changes in the spine, which puts pressure on the surrounding nerves. This causes pain, numbness and weakness of the neck, arms or hands.
Other causes of neck pain include muscle tension due to stress, herniated discs, inflammatory diseases such as fibromyalgia or infections such as meningitis.