Who hasn’t suffered from neck pain at some time in their lives? It is a common result of an excessively sedentary lifestyle with many hours spent in front of a computer or at the wheel of a car and letting the muscles stiffen and strain with lack of movement and bad posture.
However, there are many more serious causes. Neck pain can result from accidental jolts such as whiplash in a car accident or from sports injuries. It can result from degenerative disc disease, from herniated discs, from a pinched nerve or from common infections such as sore throat that bring on a swelling of the lymph node. It can also come as a result of less common infections such as tuberculosis of the neck, osteomyelitis, fibromyalgia or polymyalgia rheumatica.
Neck pain usually takes the form of a dull ache, but it can also manifest itself as a sharp pain, as numbness or as tingling. Sometimes the neck simply feels tender. Pain can spread to the face or to the shoulders. It can be accompanied by headaches. It can even spread to other parts of the body. It can be accompanied by dizziness or swelling of the thyroid gland. In short, it is quite difficult to diagnose precisely and needs a specialist to attend to it.