What Is That Pain In My Neck?

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“What Is That Pain In My Neck! ” Finding The Source To Neck Pain

Neck pain can be caused by many different sources and takes an expert in muscle, joints, and bones to know how your neck should be moving and why it is not. Many people with neck pain suffer from one of the following: DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE The discs are the fluid filled sacs between the bones of your neck. The normal aging process involves changes within the discs which dries them out. Repeated stresses and strains weaken the connective tissues that make up a disc. When this happens, it loses some of its ability to absorb shock and shrinks in size. This causes rubbing and changes in the joints and bones of your neck which can be painful. The good news

is that therapy can help free up stiff and painful neck joints as well as increase muscle strength around the neck to provide greater support, thus decreasing pain. MUSCLE STRAIN Peoplewithminor neck painor stiffness oftenbelieve they have amuscle strain; however, unless there was a severe injury to the neck, themuscles probably haven’t been pulled or injured. Instead, the problemmay be coming from irritation or injury in other spine tissues, such as the disc or ligaments. When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. “ The annual cost for chronic pain is as high as $635 billion a year, which is more than the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.” - The Journal of Pain, 2012

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