Understanding Chronic Neck Pain
Contrary to common belief, most chronic neck pain sufferers have no structural damage to their spine. The discomfort often stems from the muscles, ligaments, and joints, with more persistent cases possibly linked to arthritis in the facet joints or disc degeneration.
Facet joint dysfunction is a frequent cause, where irritation of these small spinal joints leads to muscle spasm and pain, either from the joint itself, the resulting muscle tension, or both. This irritation can arise from trauma, such as a whiplash injury, sustained awkward positions, or postural issues, often exacerbated by prolonged desk work or poor sitting habits.