Pain located in the neck is a common medical condition. In most cases, there are several problems that cause pain in the neck. Most instances will go away within a few days or weeks. Pain that persists for months could signal an underlying medical cause that needs to be addressed.
Neck pain is common among adults, but can occur at any age. Neck pain can develop suddenly; from an injury. Or it may develop slowly over time; from years of poor posture or wear and tear.
The most common causes:
The neck becoming locked in an awkward position while sleeping
Bad posture – sitting at a desk for a long time
A pinched nerve
An injury – whiplash from a traffic accident or fall
Sharp or stabbing pain in one spot
Soreness or tenderness in a general area
Pain that radiates down into the shoulders arms or fingers; or radiates up into the head
Tingling, numbness, or weakness that radiates into the shoulder arms or fingers
Trouble with gripping or lifting objects
Problems with walking, balance or coordination
Loss of bladder or bowel control
Heath questions should be asked during the initial examination to notice any risk factors that could predispose a patient for chronic neck pain.
Clinical findings by your Physiotherapist such as range of motion limitations in the neck (cervical spine) or around the shoulder and middle back (thoracic spine).
If you’re suffering with headaches and referred pain.
There are several special tests that can be performed to help classify and diagnose your symptoms.