Neck Pain is a common complaint wherein neck muscles are strained. Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of the neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for the head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Neck pain or stiffness can happen due to various reasons. Neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching. Sometimes pain in the neck is worsened with movement of the neck or turning the head. Other Causes associated with neck pain include poor posture, working at the desk for too long without changing the position, sleeping in a bad position straining the neck, jerking the neck during exercise and Rheumatoid arthritis.
When to see a doctor?
- Severe neck pain without an apparent cause.
- A lump in the neck.
- Swollen glands.
- Numbness in the neck region.
- Pain that radiates down to the arms or legs.
- Inability to move the arms or hands.
- Inability to touch the chin to the chest.
Treatment for neck pain depends on the diagnosis. The diagnosis includes physical examination and imaging studies such as X-rays, MRI or blood tests. Treatment for neck pain may consist of, ice and heat therapy, exercise, stretching and physical therapy, pain medication, corticosteroid injections, muscle relaxants, a neck collar and surgery, which is rarely necessary.
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