The most common causes of neck pain and headaches that we see in our office are:
Muscle Adhesion: Adhesion acts like glue in muscle, making it weaker and less flexible. With chronic overuse of the neck muscles, adhesion will develop. Adhesion is the most common cause of neck pain, it is also the most misdiagnosed cause of neck pain. Fortunately, adhesion is entirely reversible if found by a skilled provider.
Cervical Disc Injury: Intervertebral discs are meant to perform as shock absorbers in the spine. Poor & prolonged posture is the most common cause of disc injuries in the neck. This will often occur in someone with a desk job, has been in a car accident or someone who spends a lot of time staring down at their phone or textbooks.
Muscle Spasms: If you are experiencing a spasm in your neck there is always an underlying cause. Identifying the cause of the spasm is critical to having a healthy neck. Neck spasms may often come and go, and people may associate them with sleeping wrong, but spasms are always a sign of a more serious problem waiting to come to the surface.
Osteoarthritis: As we age, and muscle adhesion develops from overuse, our joints are not loaded properly. Osteoarthritis, a bone-building, degenerative condition, is caused by a limited range of motion in a joint, where the forces through that joint are not evenly placed. The body responds by building up the bone on the part of the joint that is loaded and will lead to cartilage degeneration and chronic joint pain. Restoring range of motion can slow down the progression of arthritis.