Chronic Neck Pain?

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

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.

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