Neck pain (Cervicalgia) – can be caused by numerous spinal problems and may arise due to muscular tightness or pinching of the nerves from the cervical vertebrae. When there is a disruption in the joints, neck pain will arise. Common causes are
- Whiplash: when a person’s head moves violently backward then forward, usually common in a car collision or high impact sports
- Cervical Spondylosis: also known as cervical osteoarthritis is a common condition leading to wear of tear of the cartilage and bony spurs in the cervical spine usually as a result of the ageing process and poor biomechanics and alignment of the cervical spine. As a result it can cause dehydrated spinal disks or herniated disks that can all place pressure, interfere and irritate the nerves causing a “pins & needles” or a “lightning” sensation
- Sprains & Strains: usually as a result of overexertion or poor posture. Recent studies show that having the cervical spine in a forward and flexed position causes more stress and may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries (Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture and Position of the Head KENNETH K. HANSRAJ, MD).
- Text neck which is a is common condition in modern society as a result of looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.