Neck pain: what is it like?
Neck pain is a common symptom. According to medical statistics, every third adult has ever experienced pain in the neck. Right now, every tenth person has a neck ache.
As a rule, neck pains are constant, aching in nature. Sometimes the pain is accompanied by dizziness, nausea, tinnitus. In some cases, the pain radiates (spreads) into the hands. At the same time with pain in the neck, pain in the heart area can also be felt, especially with an uncomfortable position. Even with neck pain, there may be complaints of limited neck mobility or crunching in the neck when turning the head.
Why does the neck hurt?
The reasons why the neck may hurt are quite diverse. Most often , neck pain is explained by one of the following reasons:
- prolonged being in the wrong position, for example, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or work in which you have to maintain the same head position for a long time. In office workers, the incorrect position of the monitor on the desktop quite often causes neck pain;
- prolonged physical activity;
- stress, depression, anxiety;
- injuries and sprains;
- incorrect posture;
- hypothermia of the neck muscles. The people still say in this case: "the neck was blown." A draft - a steady flow of cold air - leads to a local deterioration of blood supply, resulting in aching pain in the neck.
The most common cause of neck pain is osteochondrosis. This is a group of diseases characterized by deterioration of the properties of the cartilage tissue of the spine, mainly due to age-related changes in the body or traumatic consequences. Cervical osteochondrosis often causes not only neck pain, but also headaches. A formidable complication of cervical osteochondrosis is the appearance of intervertebral hernias. An intervertebral hernia is a protrusion of a part of the intervertebral disc. At the same time, compression of nerve fibers occurs, which causes increased pain during exertion or in a static position. With an intervertebral hernia of the cervical spine, pain radiates into the hands. Your fingertips may become numb.
Neck pain can be caused by other causes, including some serious diseases that require urgent treatment. For example, neck pain and restriction of head movements are observed in meningitis, vascular, infectious and oncological diseases, injuries of the cervical spine, immune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis in inflammatory bowel diseases), as well as various diseases of internal organs.