Waking up with a sore neck is not a good way to start the day. As painful as it can be, it's not uncommon and a good massage with perhaps a muscle balm should do the trick. Other times, however, neck pain can be quite serious, not only because of the discomfort it causes, but also because neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious underlying problem, such as meningitis.
Seek medical attention without delay if your neck pain feels like a stabbing pain that starts in your neck and then moves to your shoulders and arms. If you can’t bear the pain anymore then get neck and shoulder pain physical therapy in Edmonton through professional physical therapists.
Neck pain accompanied by a tingling sensation, weakness, or numbness in the arms should also be considered serious, as should a neck that is so stiff that it cannot touch the chest or that has any swelling around it.
Causes of neck pain
Less serious neck pain, such as a stiff neck, is caused by poor posture or sleeping on a pillow that doesn't offer adequate support. Sleeping on your stomach also causes a stiff neck. Straining the neck muscles, for example by doing heavy work or driving for a long time, can also cause neck pain that can extend beyond the shoulders and back.
Aside from strains, worn neck joints also hurt, especially if neck strain work is done frequently, especially in older people, and this can develop into osteoarthritis. Nerves can also cause neck pain. Arthritis can cause bone spurs, which are hard bony growths that press on nerves and cause pain.
Direct injuries to the neck, such as from a car accident or blow, will also cause pain, as will a sudden jerk of the neck from side to side or back to front, which would overstretch the soft tissue of the neck.