Neck Pain But No Known Injury
It is not uncommon to have neck pain without a clear reason. A minor
injury may have occurred without your knowledge. Poor posture or improper
movement over a period of time may cause neck or back pain. Pain may be caused
by overuse or misuse of the neck muscles or by poor posture, such as:
- Holding your head in a forward posture or odd
position while working, watching TV, or reading.
- Watching TV or
reading while lying down.
- Sleeping on a pillow that is too high,
too flat, or doesn't support your head.
- Sleeping on your stomach
with your neck twisted or bent.
- Spending long periods of time
resting your forehead on your upright fist or arm ("thinker's
- Stress. Tension may develop in the muscles that run from
the back of the head across the back of the shoulder (trapezius muscle). These
muscles may feel tight and painful.
- Working or exercising using
your upper body and arms.
Neck pain may also be caused by another serious health problem, such
flu, or as a symptom of a
Many people live with a certain amount of
ongoing (chronic) pain. If chronic neck pain changes
or becomes worse than usual, see your doctor.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Messenger, MD|
|Last Revised||August 5, 2011|