Quick Guide On How To Avoid Neck Pain

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Pain affects more Americans than several of the deadliest diseases combined, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. While pain can be in any part of the body (and even in phantom limbs), the most common pain reported to doctors breaks down as follows: 27% of people reported having lower back pain, 15% reported having migraine pain, 15% reported having neck pain, 4% reported having facial pain. Though no kind of pain is enjoyable, neck pain can often be particularly debilitating. This is often because the neck is used for a variety of essential, everyday tasks (such as checking your blind spot before changing lanes when driving a car). The good news, however, is that there are several things that can be done to make pain in the neck a little less troublesome.

The Causes

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many different things that can cause neck pain, including diseases, structural problems, and lifestyle choices. Some of the other causes of neck pain include sitting improperly while driving or working, typing on a computer for an extended amount of time, abnormalities to the cervical spine, emotional stress, fibromyalgia, herniated disk, trauma to the neck area, arthritis, meningitis, tension headaches, and TMJ disorders.

The Remedies

If neck pain is caused by an underlying condition, such as meningitis or a herniated disk, the pain may be resolved by treating the source of the problem. But, luckily, many neck problems are caused by voluntary activities. Thus, neck pain can often be remedied by stopping or modifying the activity that is causing it, rather than requiring surgery. There are several things you should avoid if you are experiencing neck pain. These include carrying a purse or backpack repeatedly on one shoulder, using your head to cradle a phone between your neck and shoulders, sitting or standing with poor posture, sleeping on your stomach or sleeping with the incorrect number of pillows (too many or too few), engaging in activities that can cause whiplash (such as riding bumper cars) or those that may lead to falls and accidents, and wearing high heels. In addition to eliminating certain activities, there are also things that can be adopted in order to reduce neck pain and its causes. These include taking breaks from working at a desk to walk and stretch, keeping your head balanced properly over your neck while sitting (this includes keeping both feet on the floor and sitting as far back in the chair as possible), setting the headrest in your car high enough to catch your head in the event of a collision (the upper edge of the headrest should be level with the top of your skull), watching television and movies far enough away that you are not required to tilt your head back in order to see the screen, bending your knees while lifting heavy objects, and not looking up when lifting things over your head.

When to Seek Help

Neck pain that is extreme, unyielding, or recurring should be investigated by a professional. He or she will be able to search for underlying conditions and offer further tips and treatments that may reduce or eliminate neck pain permanently. If you have questions about your neck pain, consult with your doctor to find out what you can do to alleviate it.

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This article was written by Braden Scott, a retired chiropractor, freelance blogger and technology reviewer. When Braden isn’t out with his dog at the park, he writes to help readers with their health and technology questions and concerns, and is currently working on a review of www.gulfcoastspinecare.com/neck-pain