The Causes of Neck Pain 

 July 27, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis


There are many causes of neck pain to consider.  Many perceived causes and their true underlying problem as well.

Neck pain may be caused by any number of the following problems:

  • Strain of the musculature
  • Poor posture ie sleeping in the wrong position or cradling the phone btween your shoulder and ear
  • Acute injury like whiplash
  • Cervical Disc problems like bulges, herniations or degenerative disc disease
  • Repetitive stress can cause an injury by doing the same movement over and over in an incorrect and physically stressful manner

Poor posture, disc problems and sprain/strain injuries can all be caused by another underlying problem that may be there before you have any neck pain at all.  The underlying cause for so much of the neck pain people experience is caused by a subluxation.  A subluxation is simply a damaged joint that’s causing some nerve dysfunction, that’s causing some problem out in the body.  For the purposes of this discussion the problem is pain.  If you want to read more about subluxation you can click through the link to m webpage discussing subluxation.

Most instances of neck pain (and stiffness) are minor and commonly caused by something you did. That is, if you keep your head in an awkward position for too long the joints in your neck can “lock” and the neck muscles can become painfully fatigued. The price you pay for carelessness in how you position your head and neck (say, while working, watching TV, using a computer, reading a book, or talking on the phone with the receiver held against your shoulder and under your chin), is a pain in the neck. You may be one of the many unfortunates who, after a long and tiring day, has “harmlessly” fallen asleep in a chair or in bed with your head propped up, only to awake with a stiff and painful neck. Fortunately, most minor, posture-induced neck pain episodes clear up on their own after rest and efforts not to repeat the offending stresses on the neck.

But neck pain that just won’t go away after a day or so is a more serious matter. Neck pain that lasts for many days or keeps coming back is a signal that something isn’t right. Disease, an injury (such as whiplash in an auto accident), a congenital malformation, or progressive degeneration that can come with age may be responsible for the more significant pain you experience. An expert must determine the underlying causes of such neck pain. Examination, diagnosis and treatment by a doctor of chiropractic can relieve your mind and may quickly relieve your pain.

Doctors of chiropractic have the training and skills to relieve your neck pain, overcome stiffness, and restore the mobility and range of motion of any frozen neck vertebrae. They are devoted to helping you get back to your normal pursuits and start feeling like yourself again.  Your chiropractor can determine if you have a relatively minor and treatable condition or a more serious underlying condition (from disease, degeneration, or trauma) that may require more intensive, extended treatment or referral to a specialist.

Ther are many causes of neck pain but you should not wait to explore your condition if your pain lasts more than a week or is very severe.  Remember that healthy spines or necks don’t hurt.  Get it checked out before your problem gets worse.

Please let me know what you think about this post.  I am always eager to share your experiences.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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