What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is a common problem that is often caused by strained muscles as a result of an impact injury or poor posture although other serious conditions can cause neck problems such as osteoarthritis. Worn joints and nerve compression can also cause neck pain.
Neck pain, in most cases, will disappear after a few weeks of self-treatment although symptoms and problems can persist of the problem is severe.
The pain can be found in the joints and the soft tissue that is found in the neck area.
Diagnosing Neck Pain
Your doctor will discuss your medical history with you and will determine how painful it is and where the pain is located by asking several questions. They will then undertake a physical examination where the will check for tenderness, numbness and weakness in the muscles. They will also move the head in several directions to determine when the pain is caused but also the range of movement.
You might be asked to have a blood test in order to rule out any other problems but to also find out whether there is evidence of inflammatory or infectious conditions present. Imaging tests might be required such as X-ray, CT Scan or an MRI scan might be required to identify the problem and the area that needs treating while also being able to identify the cause of the problem.
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Treating Neck Pain
There are several forms of treatments that can be used to treat neck pain. Patients can be given painkillers including Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs to help ease the pain and reduce inflammation while muscle relaxants can also be prescribed.
If further treatment is required then physiotherapy can be used to help improve posture, while also utilising a number of treatments to help ease the pain and prevent the problem of re-occurring. The pain can be relieved through the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation while in some cases, short term immobilisation might be required, where a soft collar has to be worn.
In some instances, patients can be given a steroid injection near the affected area to help with the pain while surgery could be an option in some cases such as nerve compression or spinal cord compression.
Managing Neck Pain
Patients can manage the problem at home with over the counter painkillers and through alternating hot and cold treatments. There are exercises that can be used to gently stretch the muscles and other soft tissues located in the neck.
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