WEST ORANGE, N.J., July 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Whether you have neck pain simply because you slept funny, you've
Neck pain is the third most common type of pain Americans experience, with about two-thirds of people experiencing neck pain at some point in their lives, according to a survey by the National Centers for Health Statistics. While it can be acute (lasting less than 3 months) or chronic (lasting longer than 3 months), neck pain is becoming increasingly common due to more people working on computers and looking down at their smartphones, Dr. Chang says. It also can lead to headaches and upper back pain.
"We call it 'tech neck' or 'text neck,' but neck pain is definitely a problem more of our patients are complaining about these days due to posture issues related to their use of technology," explains Dr. Chang, an interventional pain management specialist. "Research has shown that stretching the neck not only helps reduce existing neck pain, but potentially keep it from striking in the first place. As with any body part, stretching the neck can strengthen muscles and make it more flexible."
Try these neck stretches A huge variety of neck stretches can ease neck pain, even extending the benefits through the front of your chest and along your shoulders. Dr. Chang recommends trying these moves to help banish your pain in the neck:
When it's time to do more The beauty of these neck stretches is they can be done practically anywhere, anytime, Dr. Chang points out. "A long, hot shower before doing neck stretches can also help the stretches to work more effectively," he adds.
In the event that neck stretches and other exercises seem to make your neck pain worsen, or if neck pain becomes more acute over time rather than easing, this could signal a bigger problem within the neck. Just like the lower portion of the spine, the cervical spine (neck region) includes vertebrae and spinal discs that can develop bone spurs, bulging or herniation, Dr. Chang notes. Also, neck pain can be caused by muscle problems that don't resolve on their own.
"It's time to see a doctor if your neck pain gets worse or doesn't resolve within 6 weeks to 3 months," Dr. Chang advises. "We all need our necks to function well to go about our normal, daily lives. If in doubt, get checked out."
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Bio: Kaliq Chang, MD, is an interventional pain management specialist, double board-certified in interventional pain management and anesthesiology.
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