Neck Pain Relief: Causes, Home Remedies And Treatments
Neck Pain is not a new phenomenon. Several reasons can cause neck pain. The neck is made up of vertebrae that extend up to the skull. Most people in the world experience neck pain occasionally. It can either happen through an injury or an incorrect posture. Injuries to the neck can happen through sports, falling, or whiplash.
Usually, neck pain isn’t a severe condition and can be relieved within a few days. In some cases, neck pain can be severe, and if the pain persists for more than a week, seek immediate medical attention right away.
Causes Of Neck Pain:
Pain in the neck or stiffness can occur through a variety of reasons such as:
Muscle Tension And Strain:
This can happen due to prolonged poor sitting postures in front of the computer. It can also happen if you sleep with your neck in a weird position or if you overexert your neck during exercise.
When it comes to falls, car accidents, and sports, the neck is fragile. In each of these cases, the neck muscles and ligaments are forced to move outside their normal range. If the neck bones or vertebras are fractured, the spinal cord may be damaged. Sudden jerking of the head is called whiplash.
The neck pain can be a symptom of heart attack, but it can also have other symptoms of a heart attack such as:
- shortness of breath
- arm or jaw pain
If your neck hurts and you feel any of the symptoms mentioned above, please seek immediate medical attention.
Meningitis occurs when a thin tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord is inflamed. Patients who have meningitis have a fever along with a headache, and another symptom is a stiff neck. If you feel all of these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.
Other Factors Of Neck Pain:
Other factors that causing neck pain are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain in the neck area. Swelling of the neck joints and the bone spurs resulting in neck pain.
- Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
- Like the rest of the body, the disks and joints in the neck (cervical spine) slowly degenerate as we age. Cervical spondylosis, commonly called arthritis of the neck, is the medical term for these age-related, wear-and-tear changes that occur over time.
- Fibromyalgia is a syndrome typically known for causing widespread pain, tenderness, fatigue, and mental health challenges. While the symptoms and severity of fibromyalgia can vary greatly, neck pain and stiffness are commonly experienced.
Less occurrence of neck pain can be occurred through:
- congenital abnormalities
- cancer of the spine
How To Relieve Neck Pain?
Here’s what you can do to relieve your neck pain. Neck pain can be relieved through exercise if the condition is not very serious. Before you do any exercise to relieve your neck pain, I would advise visiting a medical professional for a proper physical assessment. After the doctor performs a physical assessment, he will advise you to do the following:
- ice and heat therapy will be applied to relieve neck pain
- exercise, stretching, and physical therapy
- The doctor will give you medications that will relieve your neck pain
- Neck collar, if a whiplash has occurred
- surgery, which is rarely necessary
Other therapies include neck pain relief:
Always remember to seek medical professionals for advice/treatment. Here at The Pain Relief we have a group of medical professionals specializing in pain management. Contact us via www.painrelief.com.sg to schedule an appointment
Here’s some home remedies to relieve your neck pain at the comfort of your home.
- Apply hot/cold compress
- Take neck pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These medications are generally used to relieve pain as well.
- Stretching your muscles regularly.
- Having good posture during sitting or sleeping
- Make some workplace ergonomic adjustments
- Exercise regularly to stay fit
In conclusion, neck pain relief can be done at home by various methods, but always remember to seek medical professionals for advice/treatment. Here at The Pain Relief we have a group of medical professionals specializing in pain management. Contact us via www.painrelief.com.sg to schedule an appointment.
What To Expect When I Visit The Pain Relief Clinic
A typical visit will involve our doctor first understanding your medical history, concerns and previous experience with other pain treatments.
For patients who have consulted many people but have yet to receive a clear diagnosis, selecting an affordable imaging scan might be recommended to confirm the cause of your pain..
Some patients have already done scans with other doctors for their pain condition but are still not clearly told what they suffer from.
Dr Terence Tan is happy to offer you a second opinion and recommend how best to manage your condition.
We also see patients who already have a confirmed diagnosis from specialist pain doctors, but are "stuck” because treatment options offered are not practical or acceptable.
We can help by discussing options that you might have potentially never been told of.
A common experience is when a patient has already consulted a specialist doctor for pain management and is told to consider orthopaedic surgery which they find too aggressive.
Or they may have seen doctors for their pain and were prescribed painkillers with potential side effects which made them feel uncomfortable.
Many of our patients have also first tried complementary treatments or acupuncture with traditional Chinese pain doctors.
They look for a second opinion after finding any relief experienced from other treatments to be temporary or requiring repetitive treatments, which add up to time and cost.
Especially in such situations, we emphasize using non-invasive medical technology you likely have not been told about .
This can make a big difference to your results.