What Does Neck Tendonitis Feel Like?

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Do you have prolonged tenderness and inflammation around the upper neck and the shoulder areas? Do you keep having mobility issues because of your achy upper body? Are you struggling to cope with the radiating pain that usually originates in the neck and reaches up to your shoulder tips?

When it comes to describing what neck tendonitis feels like, it will vary from person to person, depending on the severity of their condition. Pain can range from mild to severe. But some patients getting upper cervical care report that neck tendonitis can sometimes be very painful. This condition can affect your ability to fulfill daily activities. Including moving the neck in various directions, driving, dressing up, sleeping, sports activities, and even desk work.

Neck Tendonitis Symptoms

This condition can trigger many symptoms. It's always better to be more familiar with them to help you cope better. Below are some of the most common neck tendonitis symptoms:

#1. Neck pain

Tendonitis can happen in the neck area and can bring bouts of neck pain.

#2. Radiating pain

Apart from neck pain, it's not uncommon for pain to radiate down to the shoulders with neck tendonitis.

#3. Stiffness

Neck tendonitis can limit your movements and range of motion because of your neck stiffness. It's not going to be as easy to turn your neck from one side to the other nor look up or down in the full range until your issue gets resolved.

#4. Swelling

There may also be signs of swelling around the affected area where inflammation happens. Applying heat or warm compress may ease inflammation and improve blood flow.

#5. Tenderness

Sometimes, even a mild touch may feel painful when you have neck tendonitis.

#6. Grating

You may also notice grating sensations when you have neck tendonitis. This can bring a grinding noise or feeling in the neck.

Neck Tendonitis Causes

Some patients getting upper cervical care for neck tendonitis are surprised when they learn some of the common reasons why this neck problem comes up. These are:

Poor Posture

Maintaining correct posture does not only make you look good, but it's essential to the functionality of your neck. Desk workers, in particular, who sit at a desk for extended periods, spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a car, or if you usually fall asleep in awkward head positions can all lead to tendonitis.

Repetitive Strain

The things you do that bring repetitive strain to your neck can progress to neck tendonitis. This may include constantly looking at computer monitors for long hours, holding your phone between your ear and shoulder when having a phone conversation, or rly craning your neck to check your smartphone.

Sudden Strain

Any sudden movement that overstretches or overextends the neck can also progress to an acute injury. For example, falling, slipping, or getting involved in a car accident can strain your neck and affect the areas in and around it. This can be the reason for neck tendonitis. 

Sleep Position

When you wake up with a stiff neck, it may be due to an awkward sleeping position that usually strains the neck. Depending on your sleeping position, you may want to learn about the suitable pillows recommended. This will make sure your neck and your head have ample support. Sleeping on your stomach is also discouraged because your neck is forced to turn to one for a long time.

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Can Upper Cervical Care Help With Neck Tendonitis?

Tendons connect the neck to your bone; therefore, proper bone alignment can influence how easily an injury happens and how long it may take to heal. In addition, your upper cervical spine, where the atlas and axis bones are located, can affect the structure of your neck. These bones can easily misalign especially if the connective tissues tear after a neck or head injury. They can also influence the reasons we shared above. When your upper cervical bones are out of alignment, the rest of your bones and even the soft tissues in the neck tend to shift and compensate to help keep the head straight, and the eyes level with the horizon. Misalignment can also make it easier for injuries, including neck tendonitis. However, until the misalignment gets resolved, your neck tendonitis and its symptoms may take longer to heal, leading to chronic pain.

Injuries from the Past Can Haunt Your Current Life: Act Now, Get Help!

Many people with recurring neck pain and other related symptoms shrug off their health concerns until these worsen or worse trigger other issues. Don’t become part of that statistics! If you have been struggling with neck tendonitis and have previously sustained neck or head injuries, you should take the first step and learn more about your posture. Find out if you have neck bone misalignment with the help of an upper cervical chiropractor. Once you’re certain of that you have postural problems due to displaced atlas and axis bones, you will find out the next steps you must undertake with your upper cervical doctor.  Schedule a consult with an upper cervical near you today to learn more about this natural method.

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