More and more people work in offices and of course, they do not track their posture in the working place. Neck pain is one the most common complaints, people even can not expect how vital neck health is. Neck pain can be caused by a ton of problems, from problems with posture to diseases. It is not a problem that you should neglect, so you should visit a specialist if you are experiencing neck pain. In this article, we want to introduce you to the most common causes of neck pain.

1. Neck Strain
This happens when the neck muscles stretch too far and that is why they tear. This kind of pain can leave you in some days, or weeks, and it can be different (location, kind of pain, etc). Mostly, this kind of trauma is not very hazardous to health, because you will get rid of the pain before a doctor will diagnose the problem. People often have a bad posture combined with excessive flexion and extension, exactly this causes traumas in general. If you think that you have a sprain/ strain, you should contact a neck pain doctor. A doctor will make a visual examination, and several tests, that include an x-ray scan, an MRI test, and some extended tests if your case needs them. Symptoms of neck sprain:
- Neck pain
- Spasms in the muscles
- Headaches
- Numbness
- Weakness in one arm
- Shoulders or top back pain
- Etc

2. Nerve compression
Nerve compression or pinched nerves is also a common problem. It occurs when a nerve is compressed or is irritated. It commonly causes pain. Nerve compression can be caused by monotonous actions for a long time or occurs when you keep your body in one position for long periods. Nerve compression is a more common problem among people who are older than 50. As we age our spine is degenerating, and it causes disk shortness, exactly this causes vertebrae to press and irritate nerves. According to the site my.clevelandclinic.org, about 85 of 100 000 adults in the United States have a pinched nerve every year. A pinched nerve can be treated in some ways: immobilization, exercises, medication, and of course surgical methods. Usually, people who have a pinched nerve ask for help very fast because it causes pain and discomfort. Doctors make a diagnosis after several tests: an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, and EMG. If you think that you have nerve compression, here are symptoms:
- Reduced neck’s range of motion
- Pain in the neck
- Numbness
- Needles
- Burning sensation
- Etc

3. Neck meningitis
In normal life, we do not think about how our neck helps us to move the head, we think about it only when we have an injury and it hurts, has a reduced range of motions, etc. Meningitis is a serious infection that means that meninges (membranes that protect your brain and spinal cord) are infected. Firstly you may think that it is a common flu, but in addition, you will have neck stiffness. Exactly this combination of 2 symptoms shows that a person has neck meningitis. There are different types of meningitis, but the most common is bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis. When someone has bacterial meningitis, it is life-threatening, because if a person does not contact for help in a few hours after the initial symptoms, he will have a permanent disability or even a death. On the appointment, a doctor will make a visual examination, CT scan, MRI, also you will have a blood test and spinal tap. If you think that you have neck meningitis, you should not neglect and ask for professional medical help, and here are symptoms of neck meningitis:
- Severe neck pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Seizures
- Headaches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin rash
- No appetite
- Etc

The bottom line
All in all, if a person has neck pain, he or she should contact a doctor and has an appointment. Neck pain may affect people’s lives, so this pain can not be ignored. Keep track of your overall health and have an annual physical examination.

Author's Bio: 

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.