Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why does neck pain become persistent?

In some cases of persistent pain the cause of the pain (such as a facet joint or a disc) can be identified. How ever. it is important to realise that pain can sometimes continue even after the original cause (whiplash, facet or disc) has long since settled down. Pain may at first cause to avoid normal activities and movement. If your initial spell of neck pain lasts a long time, lack or activity can cause the neck muscles to become weak, and this reduces the ability of the cervical spine to take further knocks. You may also lose confidence in your ability to reksume your normal activities. This may affect your work, your social life and your personal relationships. Naturally, you may feel depressed and anxious in this situation and this could lead to further loss of confidence, frustration and anger, particularly if family members and the medical profession appear unhelpful or unsympathetic. If you are anxious or depressed as a result of the pain, you may not feel like exercising, so your muscles become weaker still, and so it goes on. This can happen to anyone, and the longer it continues the harder it will be for you to recover your movement and confidence. The sections that follow explain what can be done to prevent or break this cycle of pain.

Other symptoms

If you have long-lasting neck pain and stiffness, particularly if your sleep is disturbed, then you may feel excessively tired and this can cause depression.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Sometimes if you have neck pain you may also have muscle spasms that turn the head to one side. This is called torticollis. Although not very common, it is an unpleasant side-effect of neck pain. It usually lasts only a few hours or days, although rarely it may cuntinue for several weeks.