BY DR. JASDEEP SAHOTA
Your neck is composed of many important structures that allow for a great deal of flexibility. These include seven vertebrae (neck bones), spinal nerves, cranial nerves, spinal cord, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels. The neck is designed to protect the spinal cord and nerves.
The complexity of the neck is one reason why neck pain is so common. It is estimated that between 10.4 and 21.3% of the population suffers from neck pain annually, with these numbers being even higher in those in an office or computer work setting.
There are some common causes of neck pain including:
- Acute injuries due to trauma such as motor vehicle accidents
- Chronic conditions such as arthritis
- Repetitive work or prolonged movements associated with poor posture, such as computer work and texting
Neck pain that is recurring, constant or severe should be assessed immediately by a chiropractor, physiotherapist, or medical doctor.
Treatment for neck pain may include chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, soft tissue therapy, taping, and exercises.
For further information, speak to a healthcare provider