‘When Turning Your Head Becomes a Pain In the Neck’
It is estimated that approximately 70 percent of people are affected with some form of neck pain at some time in their lives; five to ten percent suffer neck pain that is debilitating.
Relating to those with “nonspecific” neck pain – pain not associated with injury, disorder, or tissue degeneration – a recent study in the journal Spine, researchers examined 40 adults with no prior neck injuries or treatment, to study the structural composition of the neck and its relation to pain. Volunteers were tested for neck-muscle endurance, range of motion, and extension, and questioned about their history of recurrent neck pain or discomfort.
More than 35% of the study participants reported experiencing neck pain/discomfort weekly or more frequently, with duration of symptoms lasting 30 minutes to 48 hours per occurrence. In these participants, neck muscle endurance, extension and range of motion were significantly reduced compared to the remaining 26 subjects – those without reported neck pain.
In simple terms, we can understand that physical limitations involving neck movement – like turning your head – and endurance may be early signs of neck pain. Before any of that happens, make an appointment with an expert in preventing and managing musculoskeletal pain and associated limitations – a Doctor of Chiropractic.
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Sources: Lee H, Nicholson LL, Adams RD. Cervical range of motion associations with sub-clinical neck pain. Spine, Jan. 1, 2004:29(1), pp33-40.