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Cervicalgia-By Charles Alexander, PT, DPT

by ksumner, August 28, 2020

Crick In My Neck

With increased time indoors and using more and more technology with the shelter in place many people will undoubtedly notice increased neck and upper back pain. One of the most common issues with the neck is called cervicalgia. 

Cervicalgia is pain in the neck with no underlying disease and may go into the shoulder or upper back region. Cervicalgia can be caused by joint or muscular pain. Some of the most common reasons include prolonged positions in poor posture, sleeping in improper positions, stress, or injuries of the neck.

 

To help avoid continued pain and inflammation the aggravating factors have to be addressed. One of the most common factors that aggravate the structures of the neck is improper posture with prolonged use of electronics. 

 

Posture impacts the capacity of joint spacing and degree of work that muscle stabilizers are required to perform in order to maintain appropriate position. It is said that depending on the angle of the neck the neck extensor muscles have to pull 60lbs. 

 

Some simple exercises to help your neck pain is to participate in postural corrective exercise including low iso row, upper trapezius stretch, and levator stretch. 

 

 Upper trap stretch: Gently grab the top of your head with pulling your head toward your shoulder with the other arm behind your back. Hold for 30 seconds 3 times.  

Levator stretch: Gently grab the top of your head with pulling your head toward your armpit until you feel a gentle stretch. Try to hold 30 seconds 3 times. 

Low Isometric Row: standing against the wall with palms facing forward, pull your shoulder blades down and back while gently pushing your arms back into the wall. Try to hold for 3 seconds with 10 reps. 

 

If you are interested in a physical therapy session to help with your neck pain do not hesitate to ask or call (530) 226-9242. You do not need a referral from your doctor.

 

References: 

1, Morrison, G. (n.d) How Poor Posture Causes Neck pain. Retrived from https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/how-poor-posture-causes-neck-pain