Neck Pain Facts

Introduction:

Neck pain is a common ailment that affects 50-70% of people some time in their lives. There are a number of potential causes of neck pain ranging from poor posture to whiplash. Neck pain is commonly caused by repetitive strain from prolonged sitting postures. 85% of the time the pain is mechanical coming from either the muscles, joints or ligaments. These symptoms respond favorably to chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage and appropriately
prescribed exercises.

When should I see a doctor?

Often neck pain episodes will get better on there own as nature takes its course. It’s important to stay as active as possible as the old adage of bed rest and trying to completely avoid pain is not the best advice. Most people do just fine by staying active, coping the best they can, and modifying daily activities as to not re-agitate the tender tissues.

You should see a doctor when

  • When you experience sharp shooting pain into your arms with or without numbness and tingling into your fingers.
  • When the pain is too much for you to cope with or there are specific activities important to you that you are having difficult undertaking.
  • When you have associated headaches, dizziness or nausea
  • When you experience weakness in your grip or you find yourself dropping items.