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Neck pain is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain refers to pain that originates in the cervical spine. The symptoms can be sore muscles, headaches or tightness across the upper back musculature. Neck pain is also a very common medical complaint. Neck pain may result from muscle strain, arthritis, disc degeneration, poor posture, or injury.
What is the cause of neck pain?
The causes of neck pain can be several. The neck is made up of many components – bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves – and any of these can be hurt resulting in pain. More than that, a pain in the jaw, head or shoulders may also spread to the neck. In the same way, malfunctions in your neck can also bring pain to other parts of your body, such as your head, upper back, shoulders or arms. The most common cause of neck pain, however, is muscle and ligament strain, especially from poor posture, or from an injury. Wear and tear from the ageing process or arthritis can be culprits too.
What are the common symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain hits in different ways – cramping, stabbing or intermittent. If the nerves are involved, it can result in numbness, tingling feeling, loss of sensation or weakness in arms or legs. Ultimately, the more specific your description of the pain, the better able will be Dr. Kevin Yip to provide a diagnosis and prescribe a cure.
Muscle strain or sprain is usually easy to self-diagnose. They typically occure after a strenuous activity or prolonged incorrect posture, which puts excessive strain on the neck muscles. Such pain, however, usually improves within a few days. Consult Dr. Kevin Yip if the pain does not let up within a week or two, or if you have the following symptoms:
Severe pain from an injury, eg. car accident, a fall, etc. In such cases, bone fractures is what you need to beware of.
Shooting pain radiating to your shoulders or arms, or numbness and tingling in your fingers. Such pain may result from nerve irritation.
Weakness in the arms or legs, walking difficulties, urinary retention or incontinence, or change in bowel function may indicate injury to the spinal cord.
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Posture for your neck:
Long hours at a desk or computer cause the head and shoulders to creep forward, a posture that takes its toll on the neck over time. Take frequent breaks by getting up and taking a walk. Roll your shoulders back, as if you were pinching your shoulder blades together. Aligning the top of the computer monitor to eye level will also help to prevent unnecessary strain.
Stress, whether work or family related, can cause neck muscles to tighten, resulting in poor posture and therefore neck pain and headaches. Take up some relaxing activities or regular exercises.
Frequent lugging of heavy shoulder bags or laptop cases is a common cause for neck pain. If you must carry heavy bags, invest in a good backpack or an ergonomically designed one for better distribution of load on your shoulders.
Definition of Neck Pain:
Pain located in the neck usually at the back or sides.
How is Neck Pain Evaluated?
Neck pain is evaluated by reviewing the history of the symptoms. In reviewing, the location, intensity, duration, and radiation of the pain will be noted. Any past injury to the neck is also taken into account. The neck is examined at rest and in motion. An examination of the nervous system is performed to determine whether nerve involvement is present. Further testing includes x-ray evaluation, CAT scan, bone scan and MRI scan.
What are the treatment options available?
The treatment of neck pain depends on its precise cause. Treatment options include rest, heat/ice applications, traction, soft collar, traction, physical therapy (ultrasound, massage, manipulation), local injections, topical anesthetic creams, topical pain patches, muscle relaxants, analgesics, and surgical procedures.
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