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What Brings You to MOSS? The Most Common Neck Pain Causes

Neck June 22, 2020

Did you know that about 1 in 3 people experience neck pain annually? What’s more, 50 percent of those individuals have chronic or frequent neck pain, stiffness, and issues that can be debilitating & interfere with daily life.

Neck pain causes more than just pain, though. It also can force individuals to compensate for the lack of mobility and pain, which can lead to other issues like muscle soreness, back pain, stiffness, headaches… the list goes on!

So what brings you here? Are you or a loved one one of the millions of people experiencing pain, looking for a way out? 

Do you want to learn more about what neck pain causes could’ve brought you to your current state today? And, perhaps most importantly, are you ready to evaluate what brings you to our MOSS website so you can get started on a personal healing journey?

In this post, we’re going to go over some common causes of neck pain. Not only that, but we’re also going to go over some of the most common reasons people finally end up coming to see the experts here at MOSS.

Let’s get started!

Consistent and Persistent Pain, Stiffness, or Issues

You might think that having consistent & persistent pain would be enough to get our phone lines ringing off the hook. But, just like with many issues or problems, people tend to minimize and deny the severity.

How many times have you or a loved one said, “Oh, it’s just a little crick in my neck. It will probably go away soon,” …and then three or six months later, nothing has changed? Maybe it even got worse by then. 

Whatever the case, though, persistent and consistent pain isn’t something that you need to deal with! Many of our patients find their way to us once they realize that “crick” in their neck isn’t going away… and is much more than a crick.

What is your neck pain preventing you from doing? Do you have to rely on others to do activities? Are you irritable with your friends and family because of it? Have you lost some mobility and independence because of the pain in your next?

If you even thought about answering “yes” to any of those questions, it’s time to look into getting that fixed.


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Diseases, Illnesses, and Conditions

So if it’s not a crick in your neck, then what is it? Neck pain is extremely common (1 in 3, remember?), and, thus, there are a number of causes that lead to it.

Neck pain causes vary wildly, but here are a few common diseases, illnesses, and conditions that result in neck pain that we see in a number of our patients:

  • Muscle strain
  • Joint issues
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Herniated disc(s)
  • Accidents (sports injuries, auto collisions, falls, etc)
  • Whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bad posture

And remember: these are just a few neck pain causes! There are many more conditions that can cause neck pain. 

It’s also important to remember that accidents or mishaps that can lead to neck pain don’t have to be as serious as a car accident or a football injury. You can injure your neck by bending over your phone all day, sleeping in a strange position, carrying a heavy backpack, and any number of other “mundane” activities. 

Don’t write off your pain because of the cause! Pain is pain, and you can improve your condition as long as you try.


Neck pain is more complex than you might think. We get that you probably have a ton of questions.

That’s why we made a free FAQ & neck pain report to help you understand your condition a bit better.


Pain Medication

For many, over-the-counter pain medications along with more serious pain medication prescriptions are the only way they feel they can find relief. However, pain medication is only a band-aid for a much bigger problem. 

Nobody can solve their neck pain with pain medication: you can only mask the problem. 

While relieving pain isn’t necessarily a bad thing, by only taking pain medication, you’re not targeting the main issue. This can allow the problem to worsen. Meanwhile, you are increasing your dependence on these addictive medications to be able to function normally.

These medications are often addictive and can come with intense side effects, including:

  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Addiction & tolerance issues
  • Confusion & brain fog
  • Weakened immune system
  • Depression
  • Dizziness

We’ve found many people coming into our practice in order to get started on a journey that allows them to renounce their pain medication for good.

Interference with Daily Life

Another reason why many of our patients come in to see us is that their issue starts to interfere with their daily lives.

With neck pain, many patients find that they’re unable to do things that they love or need to do during day to day life.

They can’t pick up their children or grandchildren. They can’t drive easily or safely because they can’t turn their neck or have lost so much mobility that they can’t really see. 

They find they’re in pain when trying to read, watch TV, or go to sleep. They can’t play their favorite sports, exercise, or move in certain ways.

Once people find these things starting to majorly interfere with their lives — that they start to lose their mobility and independence because of the pain they’re experiencing — many take the step to get on a health journey that will help them live the way they want to… not the way they have to because of neck pain.

Post Operative Therapy

Post-Operative therapy refers to patients who come in to get therapy recovering after surgery. 

Herniated discs, scoliosis, pinched nerves, broken necks, and osteoarthritis are some common conditions that could lead to neck pain and neck-related surgeries. Many of our patients are recovering from surgery and come to see us for help managing pain, relearning movements, and getting on the road to recovery.

What’s important to remember after surgery is that the operation might fix your problem (IE, taking pressure off of a nerve). However, it doesn’t restore your mobility and strength or help teach you habits to try and avoid the injury again in the future.

Neck Pain Causes Distress & Discomfort: Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

Neck pain causes vary wildly. From falling asleep in a strange position on the plane to a chronic condition to a sports accident, however your neck pain began, it should be taken seriously. 

Not only does it cause immense discomfort, but it can also worsen over time, making it harder and harder to target and fix the root issue. 

At MOSS Rehabilitation, we take the time to cultivate a relationship with each patient. We’ll craft a healing plan specific to your condition, needs, and goals.

● We will ensure that your problem is “corrected” and “healed” properly – and we will provide you with the perfect set of exercises that will speed up your recovery

We can help you put an end to needing to take all of those painkillers which are obviously not very good for your long-term health

● We can help you find out what’s really going on, and get to the root cause of your shoulder pain once and for all

We can help you avoid dangerous neck or shoulder surgery – and painful injections

● We can help you keep out of the Doctor’s waiting room…

We can help you get back to enjoying quality time with family and friends that neck and shoulder pain has taken from you…

● We can help you to finally get a good night’s sleep without tossing and turning trying to find that one position that feels right

Contact us to set up a FREE Discovery Visit. Take the first step on your path to recovery with us today!