Causes and Types of Neck Pain
The neck can be hurt by a number of factors. These include:
- Irregular sleep
- Pinched nerves
- Repetitive activities
- Poor posture
- Carrying heavy things around your shoulder, such as a bag
- Injuries related to sports or labour
These issues can contribute to different kinds of neck pain, which are categorised based on their cause and effect. The three most common pains attributed to the neck include:
Mechanical neck pain: This is what most people experience when they say they have neck pain. Mechanical neck pain can be attributed to prolonged bad posture or sudden movements in the neck, which lead to pain coming from spinal joints, muscles, and tendons in the area. Those who are most at risk of mechanical neck pain are individuals with jobs in physical labour involving raising their arms above their shoulders.
Referred neck pain: This pain is felt in the back, shoulder, and arm, and sometimes even in the form of headaches and migraines. This is caused by a pinched nerve in the neck, which is why other areas of the body are affected.
Radicular arm pain: While “neck” isn’t in the name of this type of pain, this is still caused by the neck, or when neck-related issues lead to inflammation or nerve compression. This leads to feeling sensations of weakness, tingling, numbness, and discomfort in the arm, and is most often caused by damage to the discs in the spine which lead to pressure on certain nerves.