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Neck Pain Management

Neck pain is very common and usually is nothing serious. It normally occurs when a typical daily activity is, one day, done in a slightly different way. It can also occur as a result of a trauma to the neck. Here are some of the typical neck disorders that people can suffer from.

  •  “Twisted” neck

More accurately called torticollis, this can happen suddenly, for no apparent reason. It is often caused by a bad sleeping position, poor pillow support, or bad posture when carrying heavy objects. It is a muscular injury and will normally respond well to massage and time. You will normally feel relief after a day, and complete recovery in a week or so.

  • Cervical Spondylosis

This alarming sounding name is really a relatively mild form of arthritis and is actually due to normal wear and tear of the neck. Typically occurring in older people, due to general degeneration of the body, it can manifest itself as a numb feeling, so called pins and needles or s general stiffness in the neck.

  • Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.

It often occurs after a sudden impact such as a road traffic accident. The vigorous movement of the head overstretches and damages the tendons and ligaments in the neck.

As well as neck pain and stiffness, whiplash can cause tenderness in the neck muscles, reduced and painful neck movements, and headaches.

  • Cervical radiculopathy

This is another alarming sounding name, but we usually call it a pinched nerve. It is caused by one of the discs between the vertebrae opening and allowing gel to leak out onto the nerve that is very close to it. This is another situation that happens more with older people as the liquid in their discs begins to disappear, making them more inflexible and prone to opening and leaking.

There are, of course, other more serious neck problems, often as a result of a trauma, such as a car crash of bad fall.

As always, prevention is better than cure. You can reduce the likelihood of having problems with your neck if you try to maintain an erect posture and avoid slouching, both when walking and when sitting. Also, a good pillow is very important. We spend 30% or more of our lives in bed and supporting our neck correctly is extremely important.

If you drive a lot, this too can cause neck problems. Take regular breaks and try to exercise your neck by rotating it and relieving the pressure.

As always, early detection and treatment is the key to a healthier life. So if you are experiencing neck pain, talk to us and we can recommend a course of treatment to improve your quality of life in the short and long terms.