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All about Neck Pain

Neck pain is common. Bad posture can strain your neck muscles.

Keep reading for our “Home Remedies

Rarely, neck discomfort can indicate a more serious condition. If your neck pain is severe, such as numbness or weakness in your arms and hands or shooting pain down your arm or shoulder region, it’s worth seeking medical attention.

Other symptoms that may be “red flags” are fever, chills or pain radiating into the arms or legs, balance problems, coordination issues, and other troubling signs. To get a diagnosis and a treatment plan that works, you should consult a doctor.

Severe neck pain caused by an injury, such a motor car accident, dive accident, or fall, should be treated immediately.

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What causes neck pain?

Your neck supports your head and is flexible. It’s not an easy job. It is as strong as a bowling ball for all of its life. Your head, which is approximately 11 pounds, is supported by the bones and muscles at the top.

It can become susceptible to injuries and conditions which cause pain and limit motion.

There are many causes of neck pain, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive motion
  • Bad sleep habits
  • Gritting your teeth
  • Trage a heavy shoulder bag, or purse
  • Nerves pinched
  • Sports injuries or other injuries
  • Accidents involving whiplash in cars
  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Tumors
  • Osteoporosis can be caused by a fractured or collapsing vertebra.
  • A slipped disk (herniated).
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Narrowed spaces within your spine (spinalstenosis).

The cervical spine can be stabilized and moved with the help of tendons, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Overuse or excess extension of one of these soft muscles can cause neck pain. This injury usually heals in a matter of days.

Numerous problems within the cervical spine may cause nerve root irritation or damage to the spinal cord. This can lead to long-term neck pain, neurological deficits, and/or chronic neck pain.

A degenerated disc can push into a nerve or a bone spur grows on the nerve.

It could be due to arthritis, disc degeneration or narrowing of spinal canal. It may also be an indication of cancer or meningitis in rare cases. To determine the exact cause of serious neck problems, both a primary physician and sometimes a surgeon, such as neurosurgeons, should be consulted.

Degeneration of the bones and joints of the cervical spine can be caused by age, injury, poor posture, arthritis, and other conditions. This may lead to disc herniation. A severe neck injury can cause disc herniation. Whiplash, blood vessel damage, spinal injury, and even permanent paralysis may all be possible. Herniated disks or bone spurs could cause a narrowing or obstruction of the spinal canal. These are the tiny openings through which the spinal nerve roots exit. This can put pressure on the spine cord or nerves.

The cervical pressure can cause serious problems. Nearly all the nerves that go to the rest the body must pass through the neck in order to reach their destination (arms and legs, chest, abdomen, etc.). This could cause many organs to malfunction. It can lead to numbness, pain, or weakness in the area where the nerve supplies.

Cervical Stenosis happens when the spinal canal narrows and compresses a spinal cord. It is most commonly caused due to degeneration that comes with age. (See also: AANS Cervical spine Patient Page). The discs in your spine that separate and cushion vertebrae might dry out. As a result, discs can lose their ability as shock absorbers and the space between the vertebrae may shrink. The spine’s bones and ligaments become more rigid and thicker. These changes cause narrowing in the spinal canal. The degenerative changes that are associated with cervicalstenosis can also cause vertebrae to become narrower. This is because bone spurs grow and compress nerve roots. Mild cases of stenosis are manageable with conservative treatment, so long as they do not cause neck pain. Severestenosis could impinge on the spine, causing injury. This condition requires referral to neurosurgeons.

Whiplash can be described as a head movement that causes your head to move violently in one direction or the other.

This is most common after an injury or accident, such as a car accident. The unnatural stretching in the tissues that keep your neck’s bones in place is what causes the pain. Whiplash is often felt as a stiffening or pain in the neck for a period of 24-48 hours.

Most whiplash will resolve within a few weeks or days. Your neck should remain mobile and you can go about your day. Paracetamol can be used to treat pain. Physiotherapy and gentle exercises can also be used to help prevent any long-term issues and get you back on track as quickly as possible. Soft collars that stop your neck moving can slow down your recovery. If you have persistent pain, you might be referred to specialist support and treatment.

Your chiropractor will help you get rid of any kinks.

Your chiropractor will straighten your body and remove any kinks to help you live painfree. Many conditions and injuries can be treated with chiropractic care. Consult your chiropractor if chronic pain is a problem.

The range of symptoms that can cause neck pain

Sometimes neck pain can be intense and concentrated in one area. Other times, it may spread to a larger area. Sometimes the pain radiates up to the head and can accompany a headache. Sometimes it may be accompanied with muscle spasms around the neck, upper back or shoulder blades. Shock-like pain or tingling can sometimes radiate down into the arm and/or shoulder.

Neck pain may be mild and easy to ignore, but can become severe and interfere with daily activities such as the ability dress, concentrate and sleep. Sometimes, neck pain can cause stiffness and restricted motion.

Neck injuries can cause stiffness, pain in the shoulders or arms, headaches, facial discomfort, dizziness, and stiffness. Motor vehicle injuries can cause pain by tears in muscles, or injuries to the joints between the vertebrae. Lignule rupture or disc damage are two other possible causes for pain. These injuries can be treated with pain medication, reducing physical activity, and physical therapy.

Professional Treatment

All physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors have been trained to treat neck issues. A combination of home exercises and treatment by one these therapists is often enough to treat neck problems. They may suggest strengthening and general stretching for the neck.

Manipulation can be described as a manual therapy that uses manipulation to adjust your body in order to reduce stiffness. It can be uncomfortable so make sure you fully understand the process. Talk to your therapist about your symptoms and discuss them with him. This will help them make an informed decision about which types of treatment you might benefit from.

A TENS device is a battery-powered machine that may reduce pain. The pads are placed on the area that is painful and low-voltage electrical stimulation creates a pleasant tingling sensation. This could interfere with the pain signals sent from the brain’s nerves. Although you can purchase TENS machines at pharmacies, your physiotherapist might be able allow you to borrow one for testing.

Not all cases require surgery

Only rarely is surgery necessary. Surgery may be needed if the nerves or spinal cord are being compressed. Before discussing with you the pros and cons and deciding whether or not to proceed with surgery, the surgeon will request a scan of the nerves and bones.

Strong drugs are best avoided

If the above-mentioned painkillers don’t work, you might be prescribed amitriptyline. This drug is also used to treat depression, although it can be taken in lower doses to help with sleep and relax muscles.

Pregabalin, gabapentin, and pregabalin shouldn’t be used for normal neck pain. If a pinched or irritated nerve is causing you pain, these drugs can be used to reduce the discomfort. You may need to test the drug for three to eight weeks depending on which one you are taking. Side-effects are possible with any drug. They may not suit everyone. This should be discussed with your doctor.

Home Remedies and Time

A few days of rest and simple self-help remedies can often be enough to relieve neck pain. Because neck pain is often caused by poor posture, as well as age-related wear. Neck pain can be prevented by keeping your head in line with your spine.

Your posture is key to relieving neck pain.

Stand straight up or stoop so your shoulders are directly above your hips. Your computer monitor should be at eye level. Take frequent breaks.

Over-the-counter pain medications such as Motrin, Motrin IIB, or ibuprofen can be taken.

Use heat or cold to the painful areas. You can use ice for the initial 48 to 72 hours. After that, heat is used.

Warm showers, hot compresses and a heating pad can be used to apply heat. You should not use an ice bag or heating pad to help you fall asleep. This will cause skin irritation.

You can reduce pain by applying heat to your neck. A hot-water bottle, a microwavable Wheat bag or a reusable heatpad can be used to reduce pain. They are available at chemists as well as sports shops. It can also help to have an ice pack and a bag with frozen peas.

To prevent skin irritation and burning, wrap heat or cold packs in a towel. For soothing the muscles, it might be worth applying a heat pack to your neck prior to and after exercise.

The first few days, reduce physical activity. This helps to reduce inflammation and calm symptoms.

Slow range exercises of motion, such as up and/or down, sideways, sideways, and ear to ear, are all good. This helps to gently stretch neck muscles.

Your partner can gently massage sore or painful areas.

A firm mattress is best for your neck. Consider getting a neck pillow.

You can also try non-steroidal, non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. These can be used for a brief period of time (around 5-10 days). However, if the pain persists after that time it is unlikely they will help again. Try another short course if you feel the pain returning after stopping taking the tablets. You can also apply creams or anti-inflammatory gels to sore areas.

Stress can make neck pain worse. Learning how to relax your neck muscles is one way to reduce stress. Strive for balance between exercise and relaxation.

Massage your neck muscles gently with aromatic oils can often help. It is best to consult a healthcare professional before using these oils. If you are pregnant or have epilepsy, be careful.

The creams and ointments may also be used to rub the area. This can help with pain relief and warmth. Capsaicin can be found in many over-the counter ointments. This is an extract taken from the pepper plants that can be used as painkiller. You can also get a stronger form of the same preparation by prescription.

Your feet should be flat on a table when you sit down. Your knees should be slightly lower that your hips. If you feel that you would be more comfortable, you might consider a shoerest.

Correctly adjusted chairs will provide good support for your lower spine. For better posture, hardback, upright or straight-backed chairs, as well as rocking chairs, are better than soft, low-backed sofas or upholstered ones. Your posture can be improved by using back supports whether you’re sitting at work, home, or at the wheel. You can correct your posture by placing the paper or book on a reading table.

You need to make sure the computer screen and your desk are not too low. It is also important that you don’t tilt your head forward for prolonged periods. This can cause muscle pain and strain your neck. Make sure that your keyboard is in the right place relative to the screen. Stretching and walking around regularly will help reduce tension and alleviate aches and pains.

A short rest may be helpful to relieve the discomfort and pain. Resting for a short time is important in order to avoid your neck muscles becoming weaker, stiffening your joints and causing more pain. Gentle stretches and neck movements should be started as soon as possible. This will allow the muscles and ligaments of your neck to relax, and help ease stiffness. You might consider consulting a physiotherapist for advice about the best exercises you can do for your specific condition.

Some discomfort following or during exercise is normal. However, if you find that exercise is making your symptoms worse, it’s best to stop.

It’s important to find an exercise form that you like and to continue doing it. Swimming, walking, and taking classes like yoga and Pilates can all be beneficial to your overall health and fitness.

Better Sleep

Also, your neck muscles will be able to rest better if you are sleeping on your side, back, or stomach.

Too firm or too thick pillows can cause neck pain. It may help to change the position or number of pillows. Support your head and neck with pillows so your head is parallel to your body. Your pillow should fill the natural space between your neck and shoulders. A soft, moulded pillow or a roll within your pillow case may be helpful.

Your neck pain can worsen if your mattress is not providing enough support for your back. If it is uncomfortable or old, it may be worth replacing.

Smoking and Weight

Smoking should be stopped. Smoking can cause damage to the spine’s architecture and slow down healing. Patients who are overweight should lose weight. Smoking and obesity both have a negative impact upon the outcome of spinal-fusion surgery.

Relaxation helps

While most of your muscles will relax when they aren’t being used, some muscles must be active all the time to maintain your body upright. If your head falls forward while you’re standing or sitting, the muscles to your back must always be working. If you feel stressed, anxious or worried, you tend to tighten your muscles more. This can cause tension headaches and neck pain. Tension headaches can be very common, and sometimes misunderstoodly called migraines.

Most people find it beneficial to return to work sooner than expected. People used to be advised to stay in bed for a while, but now we know that this does more harm than good. It is better to keep moving, even though you may need painkillers.

Do not wait to get rid of your neck problem. Many times, the longer you are away from work the more likely your neck problem will be.

Yoga, Pilates, as well as other classes like them are great for keeping fit and improving your wellbeing.

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The most amazing neck

The neck (or cervical spine) is a connected network of nerves. It is responsible for supporting and mobility of the head but can also become painful.

The cervical spine begins at base of skull and is made up of seven segments known as C1 through 7. It connects at the C7–T1 level to the thoracic region (chest) of the spine.