What is neck pain?
Neck pain, is essentially a discomfort caused by any structures in the neck including the muscles, nerves, bones and the discs between the bones.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
- A sharp pain in the neck due to a certain movement
- Constant ache in the neck
feeling of tightness around the neck and upper back
Frequent pain when rotating the head or neck
inability to turn head due to severe pain
What causes neck pain?
Muscle tension and strain
Where activities such as jerking the neck during exercise, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, bending over a desk for hours without changing position and poor posture.
Falls, car accidents and sports which can result in critical neck injuries. For instance, vertebral fractures, whiplash, blood vessel injury and even paralysis (if the spinal cord is damaged).
At the neck area which can cause pain, swelling of the joints and bone spurs.
A medical condition that causes muscle pain throughout the body.
Where bones weaken which can result in small fractures to the spine (to cause neck pain).
Which is the degeneration of cartilage and bones of the neck narrows the space between the vertebrae and adds stress to the joints.
Simple treatments to ease the pain:-
Apply heat (warm showers, hot compresses, heating pad) to the painful area.
to prevent injuring your skin, do not fall asleep with a heating pad in place. This is advisable only if your area of injury is not inflamed or still has persisting swelling.
Try some neck exercises
gently tense your neck muscles as you tilt your head up and down and from side to side.
Take over the counter pain relievers
such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Ensure that consultation with a doctor is essential in this case if there is any allergy towards the medication.
Practice good posture
as bad posture can aggravate the pain and may have caused it in the first place.
Avoid wearing a neck collar
for long as it can actually make the problem worse if not used properly. Prolonged usage can also make your neck muscles weaker.
When to seek medical care?If you have pain at the neck and:
- Severe neck pain to the point that you cannot get comfortable
- Fever, headache and inability to touch your chin to your chest as this may be meningitis.
- Swollen glands or lump in your neck
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble swallowing or breathing along with neck pain
- Numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm or hand
- Pain that radiates down your arms or legs
- Inability to move your arms or hands
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction