Skip to main content

Oh, My Aching Neck!

Oh, My Aching Neck!

Neck pain is a very common problem for men and women, partly because so many issues can cause discomfort and because the neck is a complex part of your anatomy. The team at Superior Pain Relief helps patients understand the cause of their symptoms while offering tailored therapies that can help neck pain

Common causes of neck pain

Your neck is composed of bones (vertebrae), muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and many other structures that work together to support a wide range of movements. An issue with any of these structures can wind up causing acute or chronic pain, including these issues: 

Poor posture

Your neck must support the weight of your head — an average of about 11 pounds. If you spend a lot of time hunched over a phone or laptop, your head can feel a lot heavier — up to 60 pounds. That’s a lot of strain on your neck muscles and joints.

Strained muscles

Poor posture is one cause of strained muscles, but you can also cause muscle strain through repetitive movements or heavy lifting. Spending time doing activities over your head — like painting a ceiling — is another common cause of neck muscle strain.


Arthritis is a degenerative condition that causes inflammation and damage to the joint surfaces. Your neck has multiple joints, and arthritis can affect any of them.

Herniated discs

Each pair of vertebrae is separated by a spongy disc that protects the bone and helps your cervical spine stay flexible. If a disc slips out of place, it irritates and compresses nerves, causing persistent discomfort that can be accompanied by electricity-like bursts of pain.


Herniated discs can happen from falls and other trauma, but they can also be caused by degenerative changes and wear and tear.

Stress or anxiety

When you’re stressed, your muscles tighten up. With chronic stress, your muscles stay spasmed, leading to irritation, inflammation, and pain.

Whiplash or other injury

Whiplash causes neck pain and stiffness, occurring when your head and neck snap back and forth rapidly. Car accidents are a common cause of whiplash, but it can also occur as a result of falls, sports accidents, and other types of trauma.


Sometimes, neck pain is caused by an infection, which is one reason why you  should always have our team evaluate persistent or severe neck pain as soon as possible.

Neck pain: Diagnosis and treatment

If your neck is aching, our team can design a treatment plan using therapies and lifestyle changes tailored just for you. Before recommending any treatment plan, we review your symptoms, evaluate your neck, and sometimes recommend diagnostic imaging or lab tests. 

Based on your results, we may recommend therapies such as:

In some instances, we recommend minimally invasive procedures to address issues affecting your discs or your nerves.

Most people also benefit from lifestyle changes, like posture exercises, hot and cold therapy, and ergonomic changes at work. Using a neck brace temporarily may help, but it’s important to only use a brace if we recommend it.

Relief for your aching neck

Neck pain can take a big toll on your physical health and your emotional wellness. To learn what’s causing your symptoms and how we can help, request an appointment online or over the phone at Superior Pain Relief. We have locations in Spring, Houston, Baytown, Willis, and The Woodlands, Texas.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Preparing for Your Cryoanalgesia: Here's What to Expect

Preparing for Your Cryoanalgesia: Here's What to Expect

Cryoanalgesia is a minimally invasive therapy that uses cold to temporarily block pain signals, providing relief for many types of chronic pain. In this post, learn about the benefits of cryoanalgesia and what to expect during your visit.
Managing Fibromyalgia Pain: Know Your Options

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain: Know Your Options

Millions of Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome associated with widespread discomfort throughout the body and other persistent symptoms. Treatments provide relief, but you need to know what options are available.
3 Types of Nerve Blocks: Which Is Best for You?

3 Types of Nerve Blocks: Which Is Best for You?

Nerve blocks provide relief for many types of pain that don’t respond to conservative therapies, like steroid injections and physical therapy. Here, you can learn about three primary types of nerve blocks and what they treat.
Understanding Your Body's Fight-or-Flight Mechanism

Understanding Your Body's Fight-or-Flight Mechanism

The fight-or-flight mechanism helps you stay safe in times of danger. But if that system is overactive, it can wind up causing chronic pain or making existing pain worse. Fortunately, nerve blocks can help. Here’s how.

Can Osteoarthritis Be Reversed?

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. If you have OA, you might wonder if the condition is reversible. In this post, learn the answer — and how we can help you find relief.