Understanding Lower Neck Pain

Many individuals suffer from lower neck pain and would do anything to be pain free. The first step to relieving this type of pain is to understand that it is a common problem and that the cause could be located in the back or the neck region. Spinal problems can also be related to the experience of neck pain. In order to truly determine the cause of your specific problem it is important to be seen by a medical professional experienced with diagnosing neck issues.


One cause for lower neck pain is a tightness in the muscles of the upper back and neck area of the muscular system that they puts the skeletal system and the neurological system into misalignment or you may have suffered a pinched nerve. Individuals with joint disruption in the neck or in the upper back can also experience pain in the lower neck area. If you have improper posture, which is causing your head to be held in a forward position for prolonged periods of time, you may also experience lower neck pain. You cervical vertebrae may also become pinched causing you to experience pain. A person might develop a sore neck as a result of not having enough support for the head, which often leads to sore tendons, joints and muscles of the neck area. This can be the result of too much physical or emotional stress and when these conditions are not corrected a person could experience neck issues that tend to not go away.

The most common causes for lower neck pain are:

  • Poor posture
  • Osteoarthritis of the neck region
  • Acute trauma to the neck area
  • An illness called, Meningitis
  • Problems with the thyroid gland
  • Muscle strains to the neck area

Now that we understand the causes for lower neck pain we can explore treatments for the condition.


If poor posture is the cause we can re-examine how we sit especially at work. The height of the chair and desk as well as the computer screen must be optimum so that less strain is felt and our head does not jut outward. Many people have a bad habit of slouching or hunching over while playing or working and especially when watching TV. Paying attention to proper posture can do wonders for preventing neck pain.

Warming up before exercising can help prevent muscle strains and the unfortunate habit of overstretching neck muscles. When proper warm-ups are completed the blood flows to the muscles which aids the delivery of oxygen and nutrients so that the muscles of the neck function better during exercise.

Medical conditions that can cause neck pain such as thyroid conditions, meningitis and other infections as well as acute trauma need medical attention and treatment including medications, bracing or physical therapy.

It is important to seek medical treatment if your neck pain does not respond to home remedies.

Common treatments for lower neck pain includes:

  • Improved posture
  • Warming up before exercising
  • Seeking medical treatment that may include a combination of medications, bracing or physical therapy

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