Know the basics
What is neck pain?
Neck pain is a condition to feel painful or uncomfortable in the neck or around the neck. This condition occurs when the vertebrae (spine), discs between the vertebrae and soft tissues such as muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. Usually, it does not leave severe complications. But you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem.
How common is neck pain?
It is extremely common since anyone can hurt her/his neck. However, you can limit your risk factors to get neck injury. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
The symptoms include difficulty when looking sideways, driving and reading. Sometimes, the disease causes pain as you cannot sleep. Neck pain can also lead to headaches. Neck pain can last for months when can affect your ability to work.
There may be other symptoms not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
Call your doctor or go to hospital if:
- Neck Pain or prolonged headache;
- Meet the side effects of medication;
- Does the pain radiate to the arms or legs. Attached to it is a sign numbness, weakness or tingling.
Know the causes
What causes neck pain?
The main causes of neck pain include:
- Living everyday with uncomfortable posture for long periods;
- Accidents, fallen causing serious injury;
- Sleep in uncomfortable postures;
- A neck muscle strain;
- Rheumatoid arthritis;
- Inflammation spondylitis;
- Spinal stenosis;
- Infection of the spine (osteomyelitis, abscess bone marrow);
- The cancer is related to the spine.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for neck pain?
Factors that may increase the risk of developing neck pain include:
- Neck injury;
- Wrong osturep;
- Pathology neck area;
- Subject-related diseases of the spine (ankylosing spondylitis, spinal stenosis, spinal infection…).
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is neck pain diagnosed?
Treatment depends on the cause of neck pain. With injury, the doctor may recommend patients to apply ice pack on the injured area for 2 to 3 days and then apply heat or a warm bath. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help relieve pain.
You also need to rest for a short time or if soft neck brace sicker. Your doctor may inject steroids or lidocaion to reduce the pain. There are also other methods such as deep-heat treatment, pull the neck and physiotherapy exercises that can help you treat neck pain.
How is neck pain treated?
You can get an MRI if doctors need clear images of soft tissue structures in the neck, such as intervertebral discs, nerve and muscle or ligament surrounds. CT scans are quite useful in suspected cases of fracture. You may be electromechanical sign (EMG) if doctors suspect have pressure on nerves, causing weakness, pain, numbness or tingling sensation in the hands.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage neck pain?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with neck pain:
- Take prescription drugs;
- Ask your doctor about using pillows neck to severe pain;
- Sleeping or living correct posture;
- Tap neck exercises every day;
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017