Pain in the neck and its associated complications is a regular feature of any physiotherapy clinic. This pain may occur due to several reasons but bad postural habits are the most common cause. the pain is caused due to changes in the bone, joints, or disc that are connected to the neck, and one of the main reasons for this pain is wear and tear main reason for this pain is wear and tear of the bones and cartilages. other causes may include Ischaemia, Inflammation, Haemorrhage, disc lesions, Degenerative changes, Repeated muscular strains, tumors.
Pain Originating from the ligamentous or muscular lessons can either be localized or radiating but the Neural pain results in radicular pain.
Most of the people getting Cervical pain used to ignore it for some time, which may latter complicate the problem resulting in the onset of arthritis some of the symptoms associated with cervical pain are – Decrease in the ability to move the head, pain & tingling sensation in fingers, frequent headaches, muscle tighters, and spasms, popping noise while turning the neck, weakness in hands or legs.
If your pain doesn’t subside with the rest of 2-3 days then you should immediately rush your nearby physiotherapist and consult them. There are various treatment options available to cause some common treatment options which are available nowadays in physical therapy are as follows:-
- For initial relaxation, Physiotherapists may use physical agents like-thermotherapy modalities such as hydro collator pack, infrared, SWD, ultrasonics other than this TENS, IFT, ice massage, packs are used for pain reduction.
- Deep and sedative massage manipulations such as effleurage, circular kneading may help reduce spasm and pain.
- Exercises include general mobility exercise and strengthening exercises.
- Cervical traction is a modality of choice for many cervical dysfunctions.
- Dry needling, tapping, cupping may be used.
- Chiropractic and posture corrections methods are implemented.
Steroid Therapy and Surgery are the last choices of treatment if the above treatment method does not work
Tips to Avoid Cervical Pain
- Use a soft collar or brace that will minimize the movement of neck.
- Practise Exercise regularly that will help relax your neck muscles.
- Take care of your posture while sleeping, sitting, walking for this you can take ergonomic advice from your Physiotherapists.
- Use a well support cervical pillow, to avoid un-wanted, strain on your neck areas.
- Follow a healthy diet.