Neck Pain Causes
There are numerous causes of neck pain or cervical pain. Oftentimes the exact cause is not known. Typically, when someone is experiencing cervical pain, there are multiple contributing factors as opposed to a single cause. The following list comprises some of the leading causes of neck pain, but it is important to realize that you may have more than one condition occurring at the same time:
- Cervical facet joint dysfunction.
- Postural stress.
- Repetitive use.
- Lack of exercise.
- Arthritis aka osteoarthritis.
- Degenerative disc disease.
- Cervical disc herniation.
- Cervical radiculopathy aka pinched nerve.
- Shoulder joint dysfunction.
- Thoracic spine scoliosis.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome.
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or syndrome.
Among the many causes of neck pain, it is not uncommon to have a combination of cervical facet joint dysfunction, shoulder joint dysfunction and degenerative disc disease secondary to postural stress, all contributing to your neck pain.
It is also not uncommon to have a cervical disc herniation along with cervical facet and shoulder joint dysfunction.
There are many other scenarios and causes of neck pain. For example, postural stress (i.e., slumped, sitting posture), poor dietary habits and lack of exercise increase your susceptibility and sensitivity to pain and diminish your ability to heal.