Symptoms and Causes For Neck Pain and Upper Back Pain

More often than not, stiffness and discomfort in the neck and shoulder areas is called upper back pain. Additionally, muscle imbalances, wear and tear of ligaments, spinal discs, and joints may cause neck pain.

In general, the most common upper back and neck injuries are from muscle imbalances coupled with bad posture, injuries from accidents, and injuries from participating in sports. Definitely, each of these may play a role in upper back discomfort and neck pain.

Nearly all upper back pain sufferers in the US today work at desk jobs on computers and spend a significant amount of time driving as well. For that reason these upper back and neck pain symptoms have become truly prevalent from all the sitting associated with these tasks. Fundamentally, muscle imbalances and bad posture result in pain when it comes down to it if not addressed. Not only that, if left unchecked these muscle imbalances and bad posture may produce more serious issues such as sciatica, disc degeneration and deterioration, chronic back pain, and more.

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Studies from research show that the most advantageous system to fight upper back and neck pain produced by muscle imbalances and bad posture is to treat it early on. Therefore, you will need to address these muscle imbalances and poor posture by correcting your posture and how you sit while working and driving. Generally, it is much too late when almost all patients finally decide to seek aid and certainly the upper back and neck pain has already become very awful by this time. If you don’t know, a pinched nerve which may be created by herniated discs and muscle imbalances commonly appears due to bad posture. More or less so, the bottom line is that we need to be mindful of our posture and try to correcting it and any muscles imbalances before it is too late.

Normally, injuries from accidents can produce upper back pain and neck pain for a multitude of adults. These injuries can present it self when someone is involved in a car accident or sports injury where one’s body and neck are thrown violently in separate directions particularly fast or quickly. Basically, these sorts of injuries can create muscle and ligament strains in the upper back and neck region. Generally, usual symptoms include headaches, facial pain, and stiffness or reduced movement of the neck which is a result of the trauma.

Undoubtedly, this next statement goes without saying, but we are all going to age or get older and suffer from disc degeneration and deterioration in the end. Regrettably, this degeneration of the discs in our vertebrae will start to decrease the space between our discs and may result in pain. It is said that it is absolutely essential to minimize any added degeneration of the space between the discs of the spinal column with exercises as it impedes the process and helps to maintain the space between the discs.

Subsequently, now that you have some idea of the symptoms and sources for upper back pain and neck pain you will be able to spot them or more importantly prevent them. Don’t forget that waiting to address these symptoms could result in added pain in the upper back and neck down the road. Of course, the leading course of action is to start addressing any muscle imbalances and bad posture proactively.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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