More than 30% of people have neck pain. And of the majority, 50% will be suffering with no real solutions or solutions. The past two years of the outbreak saw people become more active, slipping off their routines, and even working at home from conditions that were not optimal “work places.”
It’s not a surprise that many suffer greater neck discomfort than they normally do.
Being a mechanical spine specialist for pain for the past 10 years, as well as being a physical therapist for just over 20 years – I am able to tell that the process of resolving neck pain is more difficult than solving back pain. There are positive reasons to that. The neck is by far the most mobile part of your spine. This makes it more difficult to manage . Additionally, the neck muscles are less supple than the larger muscles that are in your back. The method you use to strengthen muscles in your neck shouldn’t be done in the same way you would approach your lower back muscles – for instance.
There are many causes for your neck pain not getting better, the most significant reason I’ve discovered is an inaccurate diagnosis. Without a clear diagnosis, the treatment for neck pain fails and you’ll be given injections or pills to ease neck pain, and be stuck with this regimen for the duration of.
Three reasons that the cause to your neck pain may be missed, and why the pain in your neck simply won’t go away.
The neck issue is often concealed as shoulder pain
Shoulder pain is often associated with neck pain more frequently than you believe. If this happens , you could spend days (or weeks or) trying to get rid of shoulder pain that’s actually a neck issue.
The shoulder pain not completely resolve the neck pain will also – and it could get more severe. As your neck’s flexible, it’s very easy to allow nerves in your neck to become inflamed and send pain towards between your shoulder blades, on top of your shoulder or down the side or back of the arm.
If you take this into consideration then it is easy to understand why neck issues are often misdiagnosed as shoulder issues. It’s a fairly frequent scenario that not only causes neck pain that isn’t getting better, but chronic shoulder issues as well. A general guideline is when you’ve worked on a particular issue consistently and consistently for a period of 2 weeks or more with no noticeable improvement, you’re missing something.
You’re or treating the wrong issue or you’re using the wrong method. It’s a frequent occurrence when dealing when you suffer from neck pain, so make aware of this mistake – particularly in the case of shoulder discomfort.
Your base is weak
A lack of core strength is usually linked to back issues However, you might be surprised to learn that it may have a lot to have to do with neck pain, too. The majority of people know how joints and muscles are interconnected, but did you know that your organs and muscles are connected to each other? They are connected through the web of tissue known as fascia. This connection is sometimes called myofascial.
“Myofascially speaking” The deep neck muscles are linked with your core. If your core isn’t working well, your neck will attempt to compensate, and this will cause neck discomfort. Do you experience constant tightness or pain in your neck when you perform exercises that involve your core?
It could be an indication the neck may be compensating your spine and there’s a chance that the proper strengthening of your core is not being done. This could be the reason the neck pain doesn’t go disappear, no matter how vigorously you tackle it.
You are not working with an expert
The neck’s anatomy as well as the rest of your spine is quite intricate and mobile. This is not just because it requires particular care and precision when it comes to looking at your neck, it can make it very easy for someone who’s not trained to miss something.
For instance, one of the most frequently occurring things I observe is believing that the all motion range has been restored in their neck, but it isn’t. If you begin strengthening your neck while it isn’t fully mobile there is a chance that you will encounter issues later on, which can cause chronic discomfort. Also strengthening the muscles around your neck, particularly for a neck that is hurting should be done in a controlled manner.
The muscles of your neck were developed to ensure stability. This is different from, for instance, the muscles of your legs, which were built for strength. They aren’t able to be strengthened with the same method. Many times, I’ve seen neck exercises that are not appropriate for the muscles that are small in your neck. This can cause excessive neck tension and the delayed relief of neck discomfort.
In general, if you’ve suffered from neck pain for some time but despite trying many different methods, and still have issues, there’s a good chance you’re using the wrong treatment plan since you’ve been incorrectly diagnosed. Do not rely on injections or pills for the duration the time.
Don’t go through any type of procedure or surgery until you’ve thoroughly eliminated all causes of neck discomfort. The best option is to locate an expert in neck pain and collaborate with them, especially one who focuses on the natural and movement-based remedies over medications and surgical procedures. If you are diagnosed correctly it’s not just possible to relieve your neck pain , however, you can also learn to keep it away on your own.
Dr. Carrie Jose, Physical Therapist and Pilates expert, runs CJ Physical Therapy & Pilates in Portsmouth and also writes on behalf of Seacoast Media Group. To get in touch, or get a free copy of her guide to taking care of neck and shoulder pain, visit cjphysicaltherapy.com or call 603-605-0402.