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Understanding the Common Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common problem that can affect anyone at any time. It can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that interferes with daily activities. Understanding the causes of neck pain can help you take steps to prevent it and seek the right treatment when needed.

Here are some of the most common causes of neck pain:

Poor Posture

As we mentioned earlier, poor posture is a common cause of neck pain. Spending long hours sitting in front of computers or looking down at phones can cause strain on the neck muscles and joints, leading to discomfort and stiffness.


Injury or trauma from accidents, sports, or falls can cause neck pain. Whiplash, for example, is a common neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly jerked backward and then forward, causing strain on the neck muscles and joints.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or damaged. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand.


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the neck. It causes the cartilage in the joints to break down, leading to bone-on-bone contact and inflammation.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc occurs when the soft tissue (disc) between the vertebrae in the neck bulges or ruptures. This can put pressure on the nerves in the neck, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand.

Stiffness and Strain

Simple issues like stiff muscles due to lack of physical activity or straining the neck muscles by doing physical activities are also some of the causes of neck pain.

Chiropractors can help relieve neck pain caused by these and other problems by using a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercise prescription. They can also provide education on proper posture and ergonomics to help prevent future episodes of neck pain.

If you're experiencing neck pain, it's important to seek professional care to determine the underlying cause and get the treatment you need to feel better. A chiropractor can help get you on the path to recovery and alleviate the burden of neck pain.

Nostos Chiropractic is a south Calgary chiropractic clinic. We offer gentle, effective chiropractic techniques and love to help people overcome pains and symptoms that are holding them back. Our doctors have each taken advanced training and offer unique services such as baseline concussion testing and concussion management, chiropractic for dogs, and more. If you'd like to book a consultation to find out what Nostos can do for you, click the link below.

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