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Common causes of neck pain and how to treat them

The Active Times Logo By Hristina Byrnes of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 10: <p>“It is most commonly caused by muscle strain and <strong><a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/your-first-time/10-reasons-why-you-are-tired-all-time">fatigue</a></strong> that builds up over time,” <a href="http://health.usnews.com/doctors/alexandros-zouzias-750421"><strong>Dr. Alex Zouzias</strong></a>, neurosurgeon at New York Methodist Hospital who specializes in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, says. “The human head weighs 8-10 pounds on average and the posterior and anterior neck muscles have to work overtime to maintain this large sphere on a relatively thin post (the neck),” he adds.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/content/15-signs-you-may-be-suffering-stress-don-t-realize-it">Stress</a></strong> and poor <strong><a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/technique/why-proper-posture-crucial-and-how-fix-it">posture</a></strong> can cause the head to be held forward in a biomechanically unfavorable position, which causes excessive strain on the already overworked musculature and results in chronic pain.</p>

Strains and fatigue

“It is most commonly caused by muscle strain and fatigue that builds up over time,” Dr. Alex Zouzias, neurosurgeon at New York Methodist Hospital who specialises in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, says. “The human head weighs 8-10 pounds on average and the posterior and anterior neck muscles have to work overtime to maintain this large sphere on a relatively thin post (the neck),” he adds.

Stress and poor posture can cause the head to be held forward in a biomechanically unfavorable position, which causes excessive strain on the already overworked musculature and results in chronic pain.

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