The neck is made up of several vertebrae. It has a cervical disc that will serve as shock absorbers between the bones. The neck is made up of bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck to support your head and allow for motion. If there are inflammation, injury or damage to any of the components it will certainly result in neck pain or stiffness.
Neck pain and stiffness can happen to anyone and usually, it is due to poor posture or overuse. But sometimes, it can be caused by injuries, accidents, contact sports or whiplash.
Generally, neck pain is not a serious condition; in fact, it would go away within a few days. However, it can also be a sign that an individual is suffering from a serious injury or illness and the need to visit a doctor is necessary. It is important to remember that if you have other symptoms, severe neck pain for more than a week; it is highly recommended to seek out medical attention.
Neck pain can be caused by several activities, which include:
- Injury. The neck is susceptible to injury, such as falls, vehicular accidents, sports where instances that the ligaments and muscles of the neck are abnormally forced to move outside of their normal range.
- Heart attack. One of the symptoms of heart attack is neck pain. However, it is presented with other symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating, vomiting, nausea, and pain in the arm and jaw.
- Meningitis. When there is inflammation of meningitis, it is usually combined with a headache and a stiff neck. Meningitis is a serious medical condition.
- Cervical spondylosis. Is a type of arthritis that occurs in the bones and joints in your neck where it is characterized by wear and tear.
If you think you are suffering from Neck Pain you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Neck Pain as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).