Sore Neck

A Sore Neck Is Usually Caused By Muscles That Are Overworked Or May Be A Sign Of Developing Problems

The complaint of a sore neck is common but a bit vague in it’s description. Usually soreness is less than pain although this is most often attributed to pain threshold or tolerance. Typically, when muscles are overworked or performing activities that they are not used to such as; painting a ceiling and looking up for an extended period of time.

sore neckWe have illustrated the areas of muscles which can become sore from neck strain and have detailed the major muscle responsible for a stiff neck and how to avoid and treat the area.

At Neck Solutions we describe mechanical problems and just like the article on headache and neck pain where we stated that a fever with a neck pain may indicate meningitis, you should be aware that some people describe a sore neck as the areas where glands or lymph nodes are inflamed which is a sign of infection so always seek the advice of your personal physician.

While due to muscle strain, most instances of a soreness can be resolved with minor care. Avoid the offending activity and apply some heat with rest is a good start.

We usually find neck pain progressing from the sore description when some underlying conditions may be contributing factors. We have discussed most of the mechanical factors which begin to have an influence on muscle function such as; poor posture which can overload the normal function of the muscles which is usually first experienced as soreness, neck arthritis alters the connecting structures of muscles and causes inflammation of the joints which often expresses itself early on as soreness.

Neck pain is more often described for a neck injury or herniated disk although, in mild cases, may present early as a soreness. In these instances the cause is usually apparent and may require immediate medical and/or chiropractic attention.

Occasionally, soreness may be experienced when beginning neck exercises, however, neck pain would suggest more than a sore area and would indicate too much strain, incorrect technique or need for further investigation.

There are many neck problems that may lead to a sore neck, most of which are due to muscles, however, some may indicate the need to further investigate possible developing problems.

Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.