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Neck Pain

During our lives, many of us will have neck pain, and most of us won’t know exactly what caused it. In fact, neck pain can start from a whole range of causes.

Maybe you slept funny and woke up with a crick that won’t go away. You might’ve been rear-ended in your car and now you have whiplash.

Perhaps you twisted it wrong one day in one of those high-intensity aerobic classes.

Even though most of us will experience neck pain, we won’t all feel it in the same way. Sometimes, it’s just on one side of your neck; sometimes, pain shoots down your arms. A problem in your neck may even cause terrible headaches or dizziness.

Symptoms may be gone in a few days, or you may have long-term pain that limits what you can do every day.

No matter what’s causing your neck pain, it hurts, and you’re probably very eager to get rid of it. However, as you may guess since there are so many causes and symptoms of neck pain, there are many ways to treat it. You can use over-the-counter pain medication.

Acupuncture is an option, as is Chiropractic. Most people with neck pain don’t need surgery, but it may be best for you and your pain.

So as you can tell, neck pain isn’t quite as simple as “just” a pain in the neck, but by learning more about it, you’ll be better able to deal with it.

 

 

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The Anatomy of Neck Pain

Your head is a lot to carry around-it can weigh 8 kilograms or more.

Not only does your neck fully support all that weight, it enables you to nod your head, shake your head, and turn your head.

No other part of your spine has the ability to move so much: 90 degrees of forward motion, 90 degrees of backward motion, 180 degrees of side-to-side motion, and almost 120 degrees of tilt to either shoulder.

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