Neck pain is a common condition that many experience, wherein the neck muscles experience strain/stress. This can occur as a result of several reasons, ranging from poor posture, to even other underlying medical conditions. Although it is mild and curable in usual cases, severe neck pain can be fatal and must be given immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of neck pain can vary depending on the severity of your case. General symptoms, however, can include the following:
- Pain that occurs/worsens when held in a certain position for too long (e.g.: driving, working on a computer, etc.)
- Muscle tightness
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased ability to move the head/neck
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of reasons, including any of the following:
- Straining of muscles, due to bad posture, prolonged holding of a certain position
- Worn out joints, due to bone spurs or old age
- Nerve compressions, due to herniated discs or overgrowth of bones
- Injuries or trauma, including fractures or whiplash injury
- Diseases, such as arthritis, meningitis, cancer, etc.
Prior to treatment, a thorough consultation will be required to help identify and diagnose your condition and its severity. Using a variety of diagnostic methods, including x-rays and MRIs, the doctor can accurately determine your condition, offering the aptly suited treatments for them.
Once confirmed, you will be administered with any of the following treatments depending on the intensity of your condition:
- Medication, including pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical treatments, such as physical therapy, neck collar/brace, etc.
- Invasive procedures, including injections and surgery