Neck pain is an incredibly common problem that we see regularly in our clinics. It affects people of all ages and can range from small acute occurrences which resolve quickly, to severe chronic injuries which can be present for life. In fact, neck pain is so common that in 2008 (Childs et al.) stated that at any give time 10% to 20% of the population reports neck complaints. In addition, 54% of the population would have a neck problem in the last 6 months.
So, what causes neck pain?
To determine what the possible cause may be, you can expect to be asked a wide range of questions relating to your injury. When did it occur? How did it occur? Was there any trauma involved? How long have you been suffering from the injury? Do you have any headaches associated with your neck pain? Along with a thorough physical examination, your history and any investigations will be considered to provide you with a diagnosis.
Some of the common neck conditions are:
- Facet joint sprain
- Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
- Disc herniation
- Degenerative disc disease
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Nerve pain
- Neck muscle strain
- Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Tension headaches
- Cluster headaches
- TMJ pain/dysfunction
- Temperomandibular joint disease (TMD)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Childs, J.D., Cleland, J.A., Elliott, J.M., Teyhen, D.S., Wainner, R.S., Whitman, J.M., Sopky, B.J., Godges, J.J., Flynn, T.W., Delitto, A. and Dyriw, G.M., 2008. Neck pain: clinical practice guidelines linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health from the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 38(9), pp.A1-A34.