Neck Pain Causes, Symptoms And Treatments in Tallahassee

Have you ever wonder what is causing your stiff neck or shoulder pain? You haven’t been in an accident, you haven’t overdone any exercises or activities, so why does your neck feel tight and ache? Well, if you work at a desk or drive a car for your job that requires you to be sitting for hours at a time, you may know this neck pain all too well.  Neck pain (also called "text neck") that is not caused by a trauma, such as whiplash, usually has a postural component.  Staying in a seated position for hours at a time (without moving) along with various repetitive work tasks (such as mousing on the computer) can cause tense muscles and can lead to poor posture. So, if you work an office job or a job that necessitates that you be seated for the majority of your day, what can be done to help alleviate and avoid this irritating postural pain? With a few simple sitting ergonomic practices, you can greatly reduce everyday ease pain and even improve posture over time.

While working on a computer or hovering over your desk, your neck has a tendency to lean forward (closer to the screen), placing your head in front of your shoulders, which can cause the most common condition that contributes to neck pain, forward head posture (FHP). Also known as “text neck”, forward head posture puts excessive stress on the vertebrae of the upper neck  and strain on the neck and shoulder muscles because of the forward pull of the weight of the head. (1)

Causes of Text Neck (FHP):

  • Texting
  • Video gaming
  • Television watching
  • Poor sleeping position
  • Excessive computer use
  • Awkward driving posture
  • Backpacks (slung over one shoulder)

Causes of Neck Pain

  • Subtle muscle strains in the shoulders and neck area; usually due to poor postures affecting the nerves in the cervical spine (common activities like reading in bed, talk on phone, sitting on a hard floor, exercising and especially sleeping in an abnormal position) (1)

  • a history of cervical issues; things like herniated disc/bulging discs (commonly C4-C6), osteoarthritis/spinal stenosis, cervical degenerative disc disease, and bone spurs are common.

  • a quick repetitive motion of the cervical spine; things like lifting heavy furniture, falling off a ladder, pushing heavy weights in the weight room or when driving and whipping your neck fast to see oncoming traffic. (2)

Neck Pain Symptoms

Neck pain symptoms typically clear up in several days but it can last much longer, into the weeks and months.  Many people get some improvement then stress at work or a bad night's sleep makes it worse again. (3)

  • trouble turning the head while driving a car
  • shooting arm pain or numbness
  • loss of cervical range of motion when tucking the chin to the chest or tilting head
  • soreness, tightness or stiffness in the neck
  • hand numbness or tingling
  • tension headaches stemming from neck and shoulder tension

Neck Pain Treatments

Odds are, your neck pain or stiffness can be eased without drugs or surgeries.  A general consideration, it's wise to seek health care assistance, if the neck pain symptoms do not improve within a week.  It's real important to prevent an annoying neck ache or pain from becoming a long term chronic pain.  Recent scientific evidence suggests chiropractic care is a more effective treatment for chronic neck pains than medications. (4)