Severe Neck Pain and its Common Causes
Severe Neck Pain Can Result From:
- Activity which affects or harms the neck
- Trauma or an injury affecting the neck
- Other medical conditions
Activities That May Lead to Severe Neck Pain
Activities involving repeated movement of the neck or movement of the neck in a specific manner may result in neck strain (overused muscle tissue) or a spasm of the neck muscles.
Both of these conditions can lead to severe neck pain.
Common activities which may cause severe neck pain include
- Holding one’s head in a certain posture for a lengthy period of time (or perhaps on a daily basis) while at work, reading, studying , watching TV, or talking on a phone.
- Upper body exercise may sometimes cause neck pain (e.g painting or overhead activities)
- Sleeping on a pillow that’s too high or too flat: does not provide the support needed to one’s neck and may cause severe neck pain. Even sleeping on your stomach may cause a twisted neck leading to severe neck pain
- Stress or tension may also lead to developing tension in the neck muscles and may eventually cause severe neck pain
Severe Neck Pain Caused by Trauma
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: often lead to a whiplash injuries
- Direct blows: to the face area
- Sports related injuries
Severe Neck Pain Caused By Medical Conditions
- The Aging process is the most common reason: with degenerative changes setting in both in the disc and joints including the facet joints result in neck pain
- Severe neck pain may arise as a result of degenerative changes such as the spinal canal becoming narrow – Spinal Stenosis may cause severe pain in the neck and arms and / hands including numbness
- Arthritis of the neck – Cervical Spondylosis may lead to severe neck pain or discomfort
- Besides there are some illness such as flu like conditions, Meningitis ~ causing inflammation around brain and spinal cord may cause symptoms like neck pain as well
- Rheumatological conditions ~ Rheumatoid Arthritis , Polymyalgia Rheumatica , Ankylosing Spondylitis may cause neck pain
- Fibromyalgia – with diffuse aching stiffness , fatigue with multiple tender points in specific areas including neck and trapezius muscles .
- Referred pain from another site such as Temporomandibular joint disorder ( TMJ) where the problem is in one’s jaw may present with pain in the neck; Heart Attack may also cause referred neck pain
- Besides any infection / inflammation / tumor in the neck area may cause neck pain