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Life Is Good Without Neck Pain
Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain with movement, stopping you from enjoying life’s activities. Neck pain is very common, affecting approximately two-thirds of the population at one point or another. Most neck pain is mechanical in nature or comes from the spine and/or its supporting structures. It typically occurs when there is a loss of motion in the cervical spine joints or muscles in the spine are tense or weak, creating an imbalance. Pain can occur in the neck, but can also radiate into the shoulders or upper extremities. Typical conditions include: Degenerative Disc Disease The discs are the fluid-filled sacs between the vertebrae, the bones of your neck. The normal aging process and repeated stress causes wear and tear, resulting in thinner and more fragile cartilage. When this happens, the disc loses its ability to absorb shock, which may cause rubbing and changes in the shape of the joints in your neck, which can cause stiffness and/or pain.
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