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Whiplash, poor posture, and arthritis can be a pain in the neck—literally. The complexity and mobility of your neck makes it susceptible to pain and injury. Neck pain has many common causes and can be treated by a broad range of approaches, from simple physical therapy to surgery.

While probably not as common as low back pain, chronic or acute pain in the neck is widespread. Causes of neck pain and injury include:

Muscle strains. Neck muscles can become fatigued and strained from poor posture and from having your head slouched forward for a prolonged period of time.

Arthritis. As with other parts of your body, neck joints can deteriorate over time.

Disc disorders. As in other areas of the spine, discs in your neck can herniate (protrude) and irritate nerves, causing pain.

Injury. Rear-end collisions and athletic injuries can cause whiplash, which stretches the soft tissues of the neck.

Neck injuries and strains often result in inflammation—the body’s immune response to trauma, which often involves swelling, redness, and pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce inflammation and the pain associated with it. Ice can also help, applying it for 15 or 20 minutes at regular intervals.

If pain persists, a visit to the physician is generally recommended. The specialists atOrthopedic Associates of Port Huron are highly experienced in neck pain and will be able to assess your situation and recommend a course of action. Treatment options may recommend include physical therapy, prescription medication, traction, or surgery.

To consult with one of our doctors at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, please call (810) 985-4900 or click on the Appointment Request button.