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Can bad posture cause cause neck pain?

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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Slouching forward with rounded shoulders puts extra stress on the muscles and joints of the neck.
This can create pain.

In brief: Yes

Slouching forward with rounded shoulders puts extra stress on the muscles and joints of the neck.
This can create pain.
Dr. Steven Arbit
Dr. Steven Arbit
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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes it can

Forward head posture (head is in front of shoulders) can put an undue stress on the neck vertebrae/ muscles/ligaments causing them to work overtime to carry the weight of the head.
This can lead to painful neck conditions. Often with poor posture the shoulders are rounded forward which further aggravates the problem. Give your neck a break and keep your head above your shoulders.

In brief: Yes it can

Forward head posture (head is in front of shoulders) can put an undue stress on the neck vertebrae/ muscles/ligaments causing them to work overtime to carry the weight of the head.
This can lead to painful neck conditions. Often with poor posture the shoulders are rounded forward which further aggravates the problem. Give your neck a break and keep your head above your shoulders.
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

When a person slouches forward, as in someone with poor posture, the neck has to go into a more extended position to keep the head looking forward, and this can definitely increase neck pain.
This can occur not only with poor posture, but also someone who is working in a position that is not very ergonomic, as in someone that uses a keyboard a lot. Thank you for the question.

In brief: Absolutely

When a person slouches forward, as in someone with poor posture, the neck has to go into a more extended position to keep the head looking forward, and this can definitely increase neck pain.
This can occur not only with poor posture, but also someone who is working in a position that is not very ergonomic, as in someone that uses a keyboard a lot. Thank you for the question.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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