Chronic Neck Pain?
Chronic neck pain is the third most common pain complaint. It may result, for example, from injuries, accidents, spinal issues or regularly sleeping in a bad position. Trigger points, another cause of neck pain, are hyper-irritable spots that can be felt as small, hard knots within taut bands of muscle. When you press on them, they are usually quite painful – but they also always elicit pain in one or more other areas, called referred pain. If you have chronic neck pain that has not been attributed to any underlying cause, ask your doctor to test for trigger points in your neck, shoulders, and upper back. If your primary care doctor is not experienced in this, he or she can refer you to a physical therapist for evaluation.