What causes me Neck pain?

Pain experienced in the neck is a very popular medicinal condition. Neck pain can arise from several syndromes and ailments, it can affect any of the tissues in the neck.

Conditions that can cause severe neck pain

Neck pain can be an indication of medical conditions or sometimes damaged tissues and torn tendons of the neck may cause pain the conditions might include;

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Neck strains from herniated disc or pinched nerve
  • Infections in the throat
  • Tuberculosis of the neck
  • Infections of the spine bone
  • Bad posture of the neck while sleeping and sitting

Other conditions that may lead to neck pain

  • Muscle spasm; excessive use of the neck muscles such as spending several hours sitting on a computer or using smartphones, though a minor activity that may include reading in bed and grinding your teeth continuously can also pressurize the neck muscles
  • Worn joints; likely to other joints, neck, joints and muscles also get torn with time and age. Arthritis can damage the cartilage and spinal disc restricting the motion of the neck and causing neck pain
  • Nerve pinching; disc herniation can compress the nerves between the bones that is spread out from the spinal cord
  • Injuries; injuries arising from sudden fall, accident causing the head to bounce backwards and forwards, damaging the soft tissues of the neck
  • Diseases;Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can cause neck pain.

 When to call your doctor?

Immediately call your physician when neck pain is followed by numbness, or weakness in the arm or hands or if you have a throbbing pain in your shoulder and arm. Also, if the neck pain is occurring from an injury or  sudden fall. If the pain continues for a couple of weeks

Signs and symptoms include:

  • The neck pain worsens by keeping the head in the same position for a long time, particularly while driving or engaged on a computer
  • Frequent muscle stiffness and spasms
  • Immobility and decreased range of motion
  • Severe headaches
  • Tingling in the arms
  • Throat aches

Treatments

Applying ice

Treating with ice with the interval of 20 minutes will help in reducing inflammation, facilitating the healing process

Heating therapy

Heating therapy will increase blood flow that provides the damaged area with nutrients and growth factors that boost recovery, preferring to treat with hot bath provides a reduction in pain and stiffness

Medications

Including over the counter pain killers and NSAIDs

Massage

Light massage increase the blood flow, resulting in quick recovery