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Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck Pain


Neck pain is, well, a real pain in the neck! Chronic neck pain is one of the most common physical complaints in the world. Neck pain can be differentiated into two types; acute neck pain and chronic neck pain.

Neck pain may originate from any of the structures in the neck. Neck pain is a general term that often describes symptoms of sprains and strains of the neck, excess muscle tension or myalgia, wry neck or stiff neck, thoracic outlet syndrome and cervical disc herniation. Constant neck pain is a common problem, however, it is quite difficult to deal with and very troublesome. So it is no surprise that neck pain is the second most common condition that chiropractors treat. Luckily, the majority of neck pain isn't a serious problem, as most cases involve acute symptoms typically lasting a couple of hours to a few weeks. Chronic neck pain is pain that is in the neck and lasts (off and on) for more than six months. An estimated seven in ten adults develop it at some point in their lives.

Neck pain is characterized by several symptoms which can affect your lifestyle and day to day work to a large extent. Symptoms of neck pain can include pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, tingling and numbness anywhere from the neck to the hands, skin changes on the neck, arms, and hands and weakness of the muscles of the neck, arms, and hands. The painful symptoms associated with neck pain can be the result of many conditions such as whiplash injury, forward head posture, frozen shoulder, pinched nerves, disc bulges, arthritis, degenerative disc disease and much more. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if your neck pain is severe or if fever, dizziness, weakness or any unusual symptoms occur along with the pain. If your neck pain is so severe that you can't touch your chin to your chest despite a few days of self-care, seek immediate medical attention.

Neck pain may result from many causes (trauma, infections or inflammatory conditions, rheumatic disorders and congenital diseases), but most often no specific cause can be found and the condition is labeled as non-specific neck pain. The best and most widely accepted method of classification for neck pain is diagnostic triage, where patients are categorized as falling into one of three groups: serious spinal pathology, neurological involvement and non-specific neck pain. Diagnostic imaging in neck pain can be misleading, in that it frequently identifies abnormalities that are not contributing to current symptoms.

The treatment of back and neck pain is not an exact science. Non-invasive back or neck pain treatment can start with your understanding about back pain and can include postural alignment, smart body mechanics in daily chores and can include conservative treatments. While such neck pain treatment methods typically relieve neck pain in a large percentage of patients, other instances in which chronic neck pain is present may require more interventional care. How many treatments you need also varies from person to person. However you can expect relief from an acute stiff neck after one or two treatments, while chronic neck pain may take several or even a dozen treatments. But in rare instances neck pain may require more aggressive treatments such as surgery.

Neck pain isn't something that you should grin and bear it, especially if that pain is frequent and interferes with your daily life and if over-the-counter medications fail to relieve your symptoms. Regardless of the source, chronic neck pain can be absolutely debilitating to live with and traditional medical treatments do a poor job of eliminating the root cause. Although neck pain can be quite debilitating and painful, nonsurgical management can alleviate many symptoms. Learning how to treat neck pain can make the difference between experiencing  temporary discomfort, or dealing with life-long pain that disrupts the way we function and live our lives.





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