ABC7 News Features VSI Patient Competing in Invictus Games. Watch Here!

Insights To Help Get You Back To Your Life.

Share This Post

Pain In The Neck: Tips To Alleviate Symptoms

July 1, 2016

Did you know your neck is one of the most flexible segments of your spine? Even with its flexibility, however, neck pain affects 10% of the population annually! Pain can be either localized to the cervical spine {commonly known as your neck} or it may radiate down your arm, which is referred to as “radiculopathy”. Because the nerves in your neck run down into your arms, arm pain can sometimes be traced back to a complication in the neck.

There are many reasons people complain about the nuisance of ‘a pain in the neck’ but the most common causes of neck pain, shoulder pain, and even headaches can be attributed to prolonged sitting with poor posture. It is easy to fall into the habit of poor posture, especially when many of us sit at a desk for a good majority of the day.

The good news is often times neck pain can be managed and overcome in a matter of weeks. Although in more complicated cases it could be a symptom of osteoarthritis, herniated intervertebral discs, or even spinal stenosis. It is never a good idea to underestimate your neck pain. Proper diagnosis is the key to a speedy recovery!


1. Reading in Bed

Keep this basic rule in mind while reading in bed; keep your neck in a neutral position whenever possible, do not bend or lean your neck forward for long periods. Reading in bed, with several pillows propped behind you can cause neck strain, with your neck pushing forward and holding your arms out to support your book or tablet. To ease strain on your neck while reading in bed, consider purchasing a wedge shaped pillow to prop up your book and support your arms, helping to keep your spine in a neutral position. Finally, try not to stay in one position for too long!

2. Sleeping Position and Your Pillow

If your pillow causes your neck to be at an angle, either too high or too low; it might be time for a new pillow. The rule that applies to reading in bed also applies to your pillow; the goal is to keep your neck in a neutral position. Also, remember that pillows aren’t meant to last forever. Your pillow might not be your only source of neck pain, your mattress could be affect the alignment of your spine as well.

3. Proper Lifting

Another cause of neck pain is poor lifting techniques. Your low back is not the only area of the spine at risk when lifting heavy objects, click here to learn proper lifting techniques.

4. Work Place Ergonomics

  • Pay Attention to Posture
  • Adjust Your Chair Setup
  • Adjust Your Computer Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse
  • Avoid Prolonged Sitting (get up for 10 minutes for every hour you are sitting)

Share This Post

Other videos on this topic

As Seen On Fox 5’s ‘Good Morning DC’: VSI Patient Shares Why She Made Her Spine Health a Priority

The Today Show Features Patient Who Found Relief to Chronic Pain at Virginia Spine Institute

As Seen On Good Morning Washington: Dr. Haines Discusses Working From Home Tips for Parents and Kids

Common Causes for Neck Pain

Common Reasons to Visit a Spine Surgeon

Dr. Schuler Provides Hope for Those Suffering With Back or Neck Pain.

What is an Annular Tear?

Advances in Motion-Preserving Surgery for Neck Pain and Cervical Spine Conditions

Spine Conditions That Cause Neck Pain

3 Options for Your Artificial Disc Replacement

EMG for Diagnostic Testing

Cortisone Injections for Spinal Conditions

Dr. Schuler Performs First M6-C™ Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement in DC-Metro

Spine Surgeon Dr. Schuler Becomes a Spine Surgery Patient. Follow his journey…

What is an Artificial Disc Replacement?

When Is Spinal Surgery Necessary For Back or Neck Pain?

Learn how we can get you back to the life you love!

Inquire Today