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Causes of Neck Pain

 Neck pain is common and affects most people at some point in their life.

Neck pain can be as a result of trauma, such as whiplash or can be triggered by everyday activities at home and at work, developing gradually over time.

backpainCommon causes of Neck Pain include:

  • Poor sitting posture (Driving or sitting at a desk)
  • Whiplash
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling incorrectly or loads that are too heavy
  • Overuse of the muscles, usually due to sport or repetitive movements (e.g. from gardening or    unusual activity)
  • Wear and Tear (osteoarthritis)
  • Trauma and sports injuries
  • No mechanism- some people just wake up one morning with neck pain and stiffness and have no idea what has caused it.

The exact underlying cause of lower neck pain is often complex and multifaceted. There are lots of different structures in close proximity that are all capable of producing pain, including bones, ligaments, tendons, disks, muscle and nerves. It may be only one of these structures that is causing your pain, however, most chronic (long standing) neck pain cases are most likely involve a mixture of different structures.

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What Can You Do About Neck Pain?

•Take regular doses of paracetamol, ibuprofen or a combination of the two to control pain. Ibuprofen gel can be rubbed onto the neck as an alternative to tablets. Always follow the dosage instructions on the packet.

• Holding a hot water bottle or heat pack to your neck may help to reduce any pain and muscle spasms.

• Sleep on a low, firm pillow at night. Avoid using two pillows as this may force your neck to bend unnaturally.

• Check your posture, as this can aggravate the pain and may have caused it in the first place

• Avoid wearing a neck collar – there is no evidence that this will help to heal your neck, and it is better to keep the neck mobile.

Neck pain can be made worse by:

  • Stress, low mood, depression and anxiety
  • Other illnesses or disease
  • Being overweight
  • Poor posture
  • Smoking

What can the Blackberry Clinic do to help?

Here at the Blackberry Clinic our Musculoskeletal Doctors, Physiotherapist, Osteopaths, and Chiropractors are all very highly trained and will use skilled assessment procedures to produce an accurate clinical diagnosis of the underlying cause of your neck pain. They will decided if you need further investigations, such as X-ray or MRI scan and decide of the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific case. The Blackberry Clinic prides itself on having many types of practitioners under one roof, who will all work together with the common aim of reducing your pain as quickly as possible and preventing re-occurrence.