SYMPTOMS OF NECK PAIN
At any time approximately 10% of the adult population are experiencing an episode of neck pain. In most cases the origin of neck pain is from the neck itself coming from the joints, skeletal, muscular, and connective tissues. Symptoms can vary however often a muscular spasm is present which represents the bodies protective mechanism and response to underlying dysfunction. The underlying cause is often postural, caused by muscles tightening in response to micro trauma to underlying structures in the joints and tissues as a result of repetitive strain.
Mostly neck pain presents at the back of the neck but this can also be observed on the sides or in the front. When pain is prolonged and severe you neck can become completely ‘locked up’ presenting with symptoms of immobility making it painful to move or turn your head and neck. This is traditionally called a ‘wry neck’.
Other presentations of neck pain may be related to arthritic changes to the joints, auto-immune diseases, damage to inter-vertebral discs, nerve impingement, and other pathological processes such as fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Often a headache can be related to and caused by neck pain.