Top 5 causes of neck pain

Top 5 causes of neck pain

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Our neck is at the start of spinal column, which consists of vertebrae. The vertebrae around the neck are called cervical vertebrae. They not only help to support our head, but also protect the spinal cord. Although, neck pain or cervical pain is not as common as the lower back pain, the number of people complaining about neck pain has significantly increased recently. Most people wake up with a stiff neck in the morning or injure their neck muscle at some point of their life.  Whether you are riding your car/bike or sitting on a chair at work, you feel like your neck muscles can’t take the strain anymore. People complain of acute pain or stiffness, numbness, tingling and clicking or grating noises.  This leads to people buying over-the-counter pain killers or fast relief gels and sprays for instant relief. Often, these remedies work and can make you feel better, but only temporarily.

Here’s the list of top 5 causes of neck pain that are directly or indirectly related to today’s lifestyle:

1. Computer position
Most people these days have a desk-bound job, which requires for them to sit on their chair for long hours. If you’re regularly in front of the computer, make sure you are sitting in a proper, upright position. Adjust your chair, desk or the computer; so that the monitor is always at eye level. Your eye should be looking directly at the middle of the screen without the need to bend down. Never keep the monitor at an angle to left or right side. The monitor should always be in the front, facing you.

2. Uncomfortable pillows
Choosing the right kind of pillows is vital in terms of comfort and support for your neck. Stacking several pillows underneath your head should be avoided as it makes your head bend forward. It is most important to maintain the natural curve of your neck and to keep the cervical spine in neutral alignment. Use of pillows that are too soft can also cause aches, as it strains your neck muscles.  Sleeping sideways or flat on your back without the use of a pillow can ease the neck as your body will rest in a natural position.

3. Continuous texting on the phone
Continuously looking down at your phone while you text or browse through the social media apps hugely impacts your spinal health. We spend a good amount of time bending our neck forward which stresses the joints, ligaments and bones. Increased use of smart phones has lead to deformities like Hunchback and Osteoporosis. These conditions can make your spine curved, making hump like appearance on the back of your shoulder.

4. Lack of exercise
Physical inactivity can directly affect your body thereby leading to neck pain, lower back pain and other spinal disorders.  Your muscles get tensed which makes you feel stiff and can make performing daily activities very difficult. Exercise increases the blood flow in your body, enhances the muscle tissues and sends rich blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.

5. Smoking
People tend to light up a smoke the moment their body aches, as it supposedly is a method to ease and mange the pain for smokers. However, smoking can have some drastic counter effects on the body and can interfere with pain management. Smoking can lead to chronic back pain and neck pain, thereby contributing to Osteoporosis and the failure of spinal discs. Use of tobacco has bad effects on your nervous system as well. Smoking can also interfere with the pain medication or ongoing treatment for neck pain and back pain.

Apart from these, you should also remain well hydrated, as it nourishes and hydrates the discs that lie between the vertebrae in your neck. You should also avoid carrying weights unevenly, which ends up straining one side of your body. Minor injuries of the ligaments, muscles and tendons on your neck can heal within a couple of days or weeks. However, some symptoms of neck pain can be associated with spinal diseases. These symptoms can be pain, tingling, numbness, chills and weak shoulders, arms and hands. Visit a spine doctor and seek immediate medical care as these symptoms can be sign of Cervical Osteoarthritis, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Herniated Disc, Cervical Foraminal Stenosis and Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy.

One of the most experienced and renowned Spine Surgeon in South India is Dr. Subodh M. Shetty, who has expertise in Spine Surgeries, Joint Surgeries and provides lower back pain treatment, neck pain treatment and Herniated Disc Surgery. Dr. Subodh M. Shetty’s expertise is in the treatment of spine disorders, Revision Spine Surgery, Spinal Cord Treatment, Sciatic Nerve Treatment and he is the best spine doctor in South Bangalore, India. He is a specialist in treating Slipped Disc problems of the neck and lower back using minimal invasion techniques and has also been treating Paediatric Spine problems with deformities, Traumatic Spine Infections, Hunchback problems and performs Sciatica Pain Treatment in Bangalore.

Dr. Subodh M. Shetty can be available for consultation at SMS Spine and Ortho Clinic at Koramangala and Banashankari, South Bangalore. Apart from the clinic, he also practices in hospitals like Apollo Spectra Hospitals, SSNMC Super Specialty Hospital, Sagar Hospitals and ProMed Hospital. For further information on neck disorders, please visit the page

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