Andrew Bang, a chiropractor at the Cleveland Clinic, sums up the root causes of disorders like tension neck syndrome in a few words, “A stiff neck typically is the result of muscles weakening over time from poor posture or misuse.” To elaborate, he mentions, “When your neck muscles become weak and you try to turn your head, the joint no longer moves smoothly because it’s now out of place.”
Often the joint catches on something, either pulling a muscle or hitting the nerve irregularly, or maybe both. Then you’ll have instant pain and your body has a protective spasm. Your body doesn’t want you to get hurt more, so it will clench, causing you to feel like you can’t even move — and leaving you wondering what you did to injure yourself.”
Types of Pain Due to Tension Neck Syndrome and Other Disorders
The pain for such disorder is usually classified into the following types, according to its severity:
Here, the pain will be a worrying pain that can be felt for a few seconds or a few minutes. Not paying serious attention to it and continuing with a lack of frequent breaks between work will gradually aggravate the symptoms. It may gradually become chronic pain and also spread to other parts of the body.
This pain develops as a result of an injury, to the neck or back. It may also lead to pain in the neck, head, muscles, and nerves, and muscle spasms. This pain is less severe than chronic pain and usually does not stay for more than six weeks.
This stays much longer than acute pain, usually for three months or even longer. The pain may set in gradually or quickly. It is not as common as acute pain.