Why Are Women More Likely to Have Neck Pain Than Men?

Several factors can cause neck pain, some of which are more common to affect women than men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that chronic pain affects anywhere between 10% to 40% of American adults, and accounts for over 500 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, we can help. Our chiropractor Chad Mathey, DC, and his team of pain specialists at Crown Medical Center neck pain treatment and chiropractic services in Huntsville is ready to help you get your neck back to pain-free.

Neck pain in women

Getting a sore neck or neck strain from time to time is normal and can happen to just about anyone. Anything from sleeping with your head in an awkward position to whiplash from a car accident or pulling a muscle in your neck can result in temporary neck pain or stiffness.

Depending on the cause and severity, a sore neck usually goes away on its own with rest and conservative treatment.

Chronic pain is ongoing and can be debilitating for many people. Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:

  • “Pinched” or compressed nerve – herniated discs and bone spurs can put pressure on the surrounding nerves and cause pain
  • Osteoarthritis and joint degeneration
  • Muscle strain
  • Trauma from an accident or sports injury

Additionally, lifestyle factors like bad posture, smoking (which can make the discs in your neck and spine dry and brittle), and even carrying a heavy purse can cause neck pain. Conditions like “text neck” have become more frequent in recent years due to the amount of time that people spend on smartphones and tablets.

Researchers believe that factors like hormones and degenerative disc disease may be partially responsible for the higher rates of neck pain in women than in men.

Tips for lowering your risk of developing a neck injury and pain

Neck pain may not be 100% avoidable, but there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of strains and injuries. One of the best defenses against neck pain is practicing good posture, especially if you spend hours sitting at a computer every day, as many Americans do.

Make sure your desk and accessories adhere to ergonomic standards and schedule regular breaks where you stand up and stretch throughout the day to avoid soreness and the risk of repetitive strain injuries.

Spread the load – many women carry large purses and handbags on the same shoulder, which can lead to soreness and even muscle strain and injuries over time. Try to limit the weight and consider using a backpack or bag that distributes the weight proportionally.

Mind your sleep – the ideal sleeping position is on your back with your neck and spine in alignment. Adjust your pillows so that your neck remains as straight as possible throughout the night.

For more information about the causes, risk factors, and treatment options for neck or back pain contact us today to request an appointment.

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