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Overview of Neck Pain

Neck pain may reside solely in the neck, or may also include headache or shoulder pain. When the pain starts in the shoulders and radiates to the head it is referred to as cervicocephal syndrome [Backer2010, pg 314].


Etiology of Neck Pain

Causes of neck pain include:

  • Trauma
  • Stress (emotional or postural)
  • Proprioceptive abnormalities [Backer2010, pg 314].
  • Segmental articular dysfunctions [Backer2010, pg314].
  • Ligamentous hypermobility [Backer2010, pg314].
  • Compensation for lower spinal abnormalities [Backer2010, pg314].

Treatment of Neck Pain

Acupuncture

  • GB-39 (Move neck while manipulating needle) [Selecting the Right Acupoints, pg 118].
  • Luò zhěn (Move neck while manipulating needle) [Selecting the Right Acupoints, pg 118].
  • GB-20 (local point) [Backer2010, pg 128]; E-stim: GB-20 → GB-21 [PIHMA]
  • GB-21 (local point) [Backer2010, pg 128]; E-stim: GB-20 → GB-21 [PIHMA]
  • UB-10 (local point) [Backer2010, pg 128]
  • UB-60 (distal point) [Backer2010, pg 128]; Move neck while manipulating needle [Selecting the Right Acupoints, pg 118].
  • SI-3 (distal point) [Backer2010, pg 128]; Move neck while manipulating needle [Selecting the Right Acupoints, pg 118].
  • Cervical Huá tuó jiā jǐ and A Shi points [PIHMA].
  • Backer also recommends distal points such as SJ-5, Liv-3, and UB-66 [Backer2010, pg 316].
  • For Wind-Bi syndromes consider adding GB-20, LI-4, LI-11, and Liv-3 [Backer2010, pg 311].
  • For Cold-Bi syndromes consider adding SJ-4, St-42 with moxa [Backer2010, pg 311].
  • For Damp-Bi syndromes consider adding Sp-6, Sp-9 with moxa [Backer2010, pg 312].
  • For Damp-heat-Bi syndromes consider adding LI-11, Sp-9, GB-34, SJ-5, St-44 [Backer2010, pg 312].
  • For contractures consider adding Liv-3, GB-34 [Backer2010, pg 311].
  • For Qi-stagnation consider adding Liv-3, LI-4 [Backer2010, pg 109].
  • For Blood-stagnation consider adding Sp-10, Liv-2 [Backer2010, pg 109].

In addition, see the treatment of headache


References for Neck Pain