6 Causes Of Neck Pain You Should Know About

What are the common causes of neck pain?

  1. Muscle Strain
  2. Physical Injury
  3. Joint Disorder
  4. Bone Disease
  5. Fibromyalgia
  6. Spinal Problems
The severity of neck pain varies from mild, moderate, and severe. It can last for a few minutes or a number of days. Depending on the origin of your pain, the symptoms can also affect other body parts. It is important to know that there can be a more serious underlying condition you need to treat to get rid of the problem. Keep on reading to learn more about your neck pain cause.

Muscle Strain

Sometimes, the muscles in your neck can get stretched too far, causing it to tear. Aside from aching, this might also lead to a stiff neck. Some of the possible reasons for experiencing a neck strain include improper posture, overexertion due to heavy lifting, falls, and sleeping in an incorrect and uncomfortable position.

Physical Injury Woman talking to her doctor about her neck pain after a physical injury

If your neck suffers from heavy trauma, it is best to consult a physician or attend chiropractic treatment. Neck pain might also point to an injury such as whiplash, which happens when your neck suddenly moves forward and then backward outside the normal parameters. This is commonly caused by rear-end collisions and sports accidents.

Joint Disorder

Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis that affect the neck include dull throbbing pain at the base of the skull. You may also notice a swelling that affects your capacity to move your neck. This condition can also lead to secondary headaches. All these symptoms occur because your own immune system is malfunctioning, causing it to attack your own joints—starting from the hands and feet and spreading to other parts of the body such as the neck.

Bone Disease Senior woman with neck pain

Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when your body loses too much bone tissue. Neck pain is a symptom common in the later stages of the disease, where your spine can fracture and cause pinched nerves. This can cause mild to severe neck pain.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is hard to pinpoint. According to medical experts, it runs in families and could be triggered by infection, trauma, and stress. As a lifelong condition, it causes musculoskeletal pain all around the body—including the neck and shoulder area.

Spinal Problems Woman with spinal and neck pain

Because the cervical spine is located in the neck area, you can pinpoint a lot of neck aches to spinal problems. If you notice neck pain occurring more frequently within several months, one of the causes could be spinal degeneration. This is also commonly known as spondylosis. Wear and tear causes some parts of the spine—such as discs, cartilage, and annulus—to degenerate, leading to problems such as the following:
  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Cervical osteoarthritis
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
Aside from these, a tumor can also develop in the cervical area due to cancer, causing a pinched nerve or damaged tissues.

Key Takeaway

If you want to know your neck pain cause, it is recommended to consult a physician near you. Apart from medication and rest, another alternative therapy, like chiropractic treatment, can also be done. In addition to traditional medical care, chiropractic treatment is effective in treating neck pain with the help of manipulation, manual therapy, and exercises. Combining it with other health services can significantly resolve your neck problems. If you’re interested in consulting an experienced chiropractor to help you manage your neck pain, you can send a message here.

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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