Could That Pain in Your Neck Be More Than Just Achy Muscles?

Are you part of the 10% of the population who struggles with a sore neck? Neck pain can be intrusive and make day-to-day functioning a challenge. Your pain might just be a sore muscle that needs to heal, but it’s also possible that an ongoing neck condition could be the culprit.

At The Vanguard Clinic in St. Louis, our integrative medical team can diagnose the cause of your neck pain and start you on the road to recovery.

Top common causes of neck pain

Some of the most common reasons people experience neck pain include:

Tech neck or text neck

People often experience pain after looking down at their phones and other electronic devices. When you look down, your neck supports most of your head’s weight. And when you look down for a long period of time, the muscles and tissues in your neck can become overworked and sore in response.

Nerve damage and compression

If vertebrae in your neck become damaged, the discs between your bones can become inflamed. Swollen discs apply pressure to nerves in the area, which can cause extreme neck pain. This type of pain may also radiate through your arms.

Osteoarthritis

As you age, the vertebrae and cartilage in your neck may begin to break down and cause pain in your neck. Sometimes, bones grow spurs, which can cause more pain and immobility. This condition may make turning your head difficult or cause a numb feeling along with pain.

Neck tendon injury

Whiplash is the term used to describe many common neck injuries. When the head is suddenly whipped back and forth, the delicate tissues in the neck, including the tendons, can get damaged. Whether it happens while playing sports or in a minor traffic accident, whiplash can cause a limited range of movement, pain, and headaches.

Chronic disease

Many types of disease, chronic or acute, can cause significant pain to the neck. One example is rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition that can be managed with physical therapy, diet, and medication. 

An acute illness, such as meningitis, can also cause severe neck pain. If the pain is so bad you can’t sleep, it radiates up into the back of your skull, and you can’t turn your head to either side, you should go to the emergency room immediately. 

Treatment for neck pain

The best way to figure out what’s going on with your neck is to visit a professional. Our neck and spine specialists can help you identify the cause of your neck pain and create a treatment plan to get you well. Treatment may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, or rehabilitation. 


If you have stubborn neck pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Vanguard Clinic today.

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