A degenerative disease in the part of the spinal column towards the neck region causes pain and stiffness leading to neck noise when you make movements using your head. Very often you are inclined to hold the head in an awkward slanting position due to the pain. This compounds the problem and accelerates the degenerative process and leads to an increase in the strain on the muscles in the neck and surrounding regions.

The neck can be affected by osteoarthritis, especially of the upper spine and the symptoms experienced are pain in the neck, neck noise and a general restriction in movement throughout the neck. Numbness may be felt in the arms and hands due to compression of the nerves in the neck.

Sitting for a long time places much more pressure on your spine than when you are standing or walking. If you sit slouched over, the pressure exerted on your spine is much more than while standing. So, a good sitting posture is very important for those having to spend long hours sitting at a desk at their workplace. This will help them prevent troubles of the neck like neck noise and associated problems.

A spasm of the muscles on one side of the neck leads to the head being held in an uncomfortable position. The neck is often stiff and painful but the pain is reduced when the muscle spasms are relaxed. Tense muscles often lead to neck noise.

The stiffness in the neck is manifested in the sensation of tightness and pain in the neck while trying to move your head. After a small twisting movement of your neck, turning the head to one side is usually very painful. The neck is a vulnerable area for neck noise as it contains numerous blood vessels and nerves, so any damage to them will cause neck noise disorder.

Neck noise may also occur if a fracture in the neck does not set properly. In these cases, physiotherapy may help to restore the neck movements after the muscles and bones in the neck recover from the trauma and start functioning normally once again.

Heat pads applied locally may provide relief from pain in the neck and neck noise. Massaging the neck with medicated massage oil (readily available over the counter) provides symptomatic relief. Short term use of a soft collar may be helpful for supporting the neck and preventing neck noise.

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Steve Butler and his team at Steve’s Health Answers are constantly investigating new research into arthritis, joint care and flexibility. They are leading joint care researchers in the fields of discovering natural methods and individual ways of curing any joint related problems. Steve provides a dedicated joint health web site and newsletter. For more information about neck noise you may visit steveshealthanswers.com.

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