What’s Causing Your Neck Pain?

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Neck pain is very common and painful to deal with. There may be a simple solution or unknown trigger as to why you are experiencing neck pain. Our goal at JAG physically therapy is to provide you with long lasting results that will allow you to function normally in every day life. Neck pain can be extremely restricting and cause discomfort throughout the day. If you are suffering from neck pain, consider if the following reasons could be what are triggering your pain:

Muscle Strains

Strained or sprained muscles can result from exercise, weightlifting, or any other type of physical activity. Sprains and strains occur when a joint is twisted or pulled in the wrong way, which usually causes swelling or bruising. Although a strain or sprain is typically not extremely serious, it is good to seek light treatment to ensure proper recovery. For example, strains and sprains in the neck require icing or possibly a neck brace. If the sprain were more serious, most doctors would recommend physical therapy as the best way to recover and resolve any pain.

ohBad posture

Proper posture plays a big role in neck and back pain. The lower part of the neck is usually the most vulnerable when a patient has bad posture since posture can irritate the neck joints and cause pain. Our physical therapists can work with you to help improve your posture to prevent neck pain and correct spine alignment.


There are many types of injuries that can cause pain in the neck, but the most common is whiplash. Whiplash happens when a person’s head is whipped backwards then forwards with extreme force. Some people experience whiplash when riding a roller coaster, experiencing a car accident, horseback riding, or violent contact in sports. Even if your injury is not from whiplash, it is extremely important to seek medical attention as the pain can be corrected. The neck is fragile and any pain should not be ignored. Physical therapy is the most important part of recovery from any injury that may occur.


There are a number of diseases that can cause neck pain. For example, Osteoporosis is a serious bone disease that is caused from a lack of calcium. Fibromyalgia is another condition in which patients feel total discomfort in their neck for unexplained reasons. Other disorders such as cancer, back injuries, and arthritis can trigger unbearable neck pain. Again, this is why neck pain should always be addressed with a professional.

Migraines or Headaches

Common headaches can even cause moderate to severe pain in the neck. Whether it is caused by something you ate, stress, illness or another trigger, headaches happen when the neck muscles start contracting. Some patients can suffer from chronic headaches that occur constantly and can drastically affect an everyday routine. Rather than prescribing painkillers as a temporary solution, special therapy at JAG could help you achieve long-term results. Migraines are a similar condition, except far more severe. It is pertinent to see a doctor about treating migraine headaches as they can be preventable with treatment.

Awkward Sleeping Positions

Many of our patients believe it is too tough to control the way they sleep, but it is possible. The best way to prevent neck pain is by sleeping on your back. If you are experiencing pain from awkward sleeping positions, work with one of our physical therapists for tips and remedies for preventing pain in the neck when you wake up in the morning.

Contact JAG-ONE Physical Therapy today or email us at [email protected] to start your road to recovery. You can find the cure you need to neck pain right now with our expert advice and treatment in NY, NJ & PA.