Neck pain is the most common area of pain amongst City workers. The prevalence of neck pain increases with age and is approximately equal in both males and females. Working long hours in constrained postures increases tension in the muscles that support the head and neck as well as placing additional physical stress on the weight bearing structures of the neck including the joints and discs.
Causes of Neck Pain
The overwhelming majority of problems that result in neck pain are benign. The most common causes involve strained muscles, stiffened joints and occasionally the weight bearing discs that separate each vertebral pair of the neck.
Neck pain that radiates to the shoulder blade area or arm may be either referred pain from one of the structures mentioned or an irritated or compressed nerve.
Neck pain may result from arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, infections and referred pain, for example from throat conditions.
A thorough examination is therefore required in order to determine the cause of one’s symptoms or whether additional examinations such as x-rays, scans or blood examinations are required.
Acute and Chronic Neck Pain
One of the first questions you will be asked at any doctor’s office is how long you have been experiencing your symptoms.
This is important for a variety of reasons including the likelihood of identifying which tissues are responsible for the pain as well as whether diagnostic imaging is necessary.
The sudden onset of neck pain is classified as acute neck pain. Read more »
Long term neck pain of more than 3 months is classified as chronic neck pain. Read more »