Chronic neck pain can fluctuate in severity and at times be a distracting and even debilitating problem. While many people experience it, neck pain appears to be prevalent in women, specifically those between the ages of thirty to fifty years old. So why are women more likely to experience this pain than men? More often than not, it is not the actual neck pain that women are susceptible to, but rather the ailments that cause the neck pain.
A study of adult patients treated at Loyola Medicine’s Pain Management Center found that women are 1.38 times more likely than men to report neck pain due to cervical disc degeneration (damaged vertebral discs in the cervical spine). In fact, women are predisposed to many different conditions that are known to cause neck pain, such as osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak or brittle. The risk of osteoporosis is increased by calcium deficiency, which many women experience during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause, due to the body’s increased requirement for calcium. With about 80-90% of people who get diagnosed being women, fibromyalgia is another neck pain-causing illness more prevalent in women than men. Fibromyalgia is an inflammatory muscle disease that can create trigger points in the joints in your neck, causing pain and stiff neck
Regardless of what is causing neck pain in women between thirty to fifty years old, a chiropractor can help to alleviate this discomfort. In Tallahassee, Florida, Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy provide relief for neck pain and its underlying causes through natural treatments. Dr. Pragle also offers a FREE CONSULTATION, as well as individualized recommendations and treatment plans! For more information, please feel free to call or text 850-508-5951 or visit www.praglechiro.com.