Neck Pain Treatment
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Neck pain is generally considered a symptom of an underlying problem. It can be either acute, which is generally the case when an injury causes neck pain. Some people also experience chronic neck pain.
Studies report that up to 86.6% of the population will experience neck pain at some point. At least 79.5% of the population experienced neck pain once or more each year. Neck pain is sometimes called cervical pain too.
We take a look at associated symptoms and potential causes of neck pain. We also look at how neck pain can be relieved through both home remedies and medical treatment.
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SYMPTOMS OF NECK PAIN
There are many conditions that can lead to neck pain. The symptoms with each condition differ.
The main symptom here would be a pain in the area of the neck. The pain will generally be located at the rear side of the neck, but can also affect the sides. Sometimes, a larger area may be affected too.
Accompanying symptoms can help a person determine what the cause could be. Inflammation is a common symptom that may accompany neck pain.
It is also important to take notice when lymph nodes are swollen, alongside neck pain. This may be an indication of an infection.
Stiffness in the neck is also not uncommon. This may be caused by problems related to the muscles that are located in the neck. The stiffness, along with the neck pain, can cause significant discomfort.
CAUSES FOR NECK PAIN
Neck pain itself is not considered a condition. Instead, neck pain will be a symptom that signals an underlying cause. In some cases, the cause is mild and not something to be concerned about. An example would be an improper sleeping position. This can cause strain on the neck, leading to temporary pain symptoms.
There are cases where these symptoms signal something more serious. Possible causes of neck pain that people should be aware of include:
- A throat infection, which can be caused by either a virus or bacterium. This will cause the lymph nodes to swell up too.
- Meningitis can also cause neck pain. This condition also causes the neck to feel stiff.
- Fibromyalgia can affect the muscles in the neck, leading to pain symptoms.
Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis are also common causes behind neck pain.
TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN
The treatment for neck pain depends on what causes the symptom. A chiropractic first needs to do a physical examination and take a look at the patient’s medical record. Neck alignments done by the chiropractor can relieve the symptoms.
Pain medication may be prescribed to provide more immediate relief of neck pain. The underlying cause will also be targeted.
LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING NECK PAIN
Recognition and treatment of neck pain are important. This can help a person reduce the risk of certain complications.
If neck pain is not treated early, it can cause chronic neck pain .
Osteoarthritis can lead to severe pain and, in some cases, even disability.
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Do not ignore your Neck Pain, it can become worse overtime. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of Neck Pain.
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Medical insurance programs will mostly cover the treatments needed for neck pain. It does, however, depend on the patient’s plan and what it covers. The majority of these plans should cover the consultation and additional tests that may be needed. Some treatments will also be covered by medical insurance.
Muscle relaxants can be used to help reduce the tightness of muscles in the neck. If over-the-counter muscle relaxants do not work, a patient may need a prescription-strength drug. They should discuss this with a healthcare provider.
A massage can also be an effective way of reducing tightness in these muscles. This can also help to reduce knots in the neck.
Pain that affects the left side of the neck can be caused by a pinched nerve. Sometimes, muscle strain can also cause the neck to pain only on one side. These problems generally occur when the excess strain was placed on tendons and muscles on the affected side of the neck.
Even though the neck is considered a vulnerable area of the body, massages are generally known to be safe. It is important that the person providing the massage is experienced. There are some rare side-effects that may lead to dangerous complications. This includes spinal cord injury, as well as tearing of vertebral arteries.
Chiropractic care for neck pain is common. It involves cervical manipulation. The seven upper vertebrae part of the spinal column are manipulated by an experienced chiropractor. This may help to alleviate pain associated with pinched nerves and several other problems.
It is important to recognize signs that neck pain is signaling something serious. A person should see a doctor if the pain starts after they had an injury. It is also important to see a doctor if the pain spreads to the arms or toward the lower body. When there is a weakness in the arms and hands, the patient should also see a doctor.
Signs of infection should be recognized too. This can include a fever, as well as swollen lymph nodes.
TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF FOR NECK PAIN
There are a few ways to temporarily relieve neck pain. The use of certain over-the-counter pain medications should be considered. Acetaminophen may help to reduce the pain a patient experiences. Ibuprofen is useful when inflammation accompanies the pain. This is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It helps to reduce the amount of inflammation affecting the neck area.
An ice pack can be applied to the neck. This may reduce the pain experienced.
Stretching can sometimes be useful too. When stretching, sudden movements should be avoided. Such movements can cause strain on the neck. In turn, they may lead to a worsening of the pain.