It’s likely you’ve experienced it yourself (and probably why you’re reading this article): a pain in your neck that might spread across your shoulders and upper back, as well as your chest and even your arms.
It might also be accompanied by headaches. If you’ve struggled with this type of pain before, you know firsthand how debilitating and frustrating it can be, particularly when it’s chronic (lasting longer than six months).
Some common features of neck pain are: Pain felt in the neck, upper back, shoulders, chest, and/or armsFeelings of muscle tensionMuscle spasms and stiffnessHeadachesParaesthesias (numbness or tingling in the arms)Limited ability to move your head
Neck pain may be either primary or secondary. Primary pain is the most common type of neck pain and refers to symptoms that are caused by sensitization of the nervous system.
Secondary pain is less common and refers to pain that is linked to an injury or structural condition. Because all pain is real, the physical sensations of primary and secondary pain are the same, but the causes are very different.
While secondary pain is caused by tissue damage or injury, primary pain is caused by the brain being stuck in a state of high alert. This type of neck pain isn’t dangerous, but it still hurts! It is important to determine whether your pain is primary or secondary in order to adopt the correct treatment path.
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