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Neck Pain - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

The neck is made up of vertebrae which extend from the upper torso to the skull. The muscles, ligaments and bone allow for motion and also supports your head. Any injury, inflammation and abnormalities can cause neck stiffness or pain. neck stiffness can also be caused due to overuse of the neck muscles or poor postures. Neck pain is more commonly caused due to a whiplash, contact sports or a fall.

What causes neck pain?

Neck stiffness or pain can arise due to a lot of reason such as:

Muscle strain and tension-

  • Poor posture or keeping your neck in an uncomfortable position for a long time.
  • Working on a desk for a prolonged period of time wthou changing our posture.
  • Falling asleep with your neck in an uncomfortable position.
  • Jerking the neck while exercising or performing a strenuous workout.

Injury- Neck pain can also be caused during fatal falls or car accidents. In this case, the ligaments and muscles are forced to move excessively outside their normal boundaries. If the cervical vertebrae or the neck bones are fractured, the spinal cord also tends to be damaged.

Heart attack – In some cases, neck pain can be an underlying cause of a heart attack. if neck pain is caused due to a heart attack, it can be accompanied by other symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, jaw and arm pain.

Meningitis- Neck pain can also be caused due to meningitis. This disease is characterized by an infection or an inflammation of the tissue which surrounds the spinal cord and brain. During meningitis, headache and fever is accompanied along with neck pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis- This condition can be characterized by swelling and pain in the bone spurs and swelling of joins. When these signs start to occur along with neck pain, it can be an early sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

Fibromyalgia- Neck pain can be caused due to this disorder which is characterized by muscle pain in the entire body especially in the shoulder and neck region.

Herniated cervical disc- This condition occurs when a disc in the body starts protruding as a result of an injury or trauma. This condition is also known as slipped or ruptured disc.

Other causes- Sometimes neck pain can also be caused due to spinal cancer, tumors, abscesses, infections and congenital abnormalities.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Pain in the neck region of the anatomy. Inflammation of the spine.

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Neck Pain - Best Ways to Get Relief!

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Arthroscopy & Arthroplasty Shoulder & Knee
Orthopedist, Gurgaon
Neck Pain - Best Ways to Get Relief!
A pain in the neck is not something which is pleasant to have in both the metaphorical and the literal ways. That being said, however, if a person does have it, one would wish to have the pain alleviated and there are quite a lot of tried and tested ways to go about making sure that that is done! To start with, there is the warm shower. While a person may take a warm shower on a daily basis as it is quite relaxing. It can be said that taking a warm shower can have a pretty beneficial impact especially when a person has a neck pain. As a matter of fact, it is true that it is one of the simplest solutions that a person can possibly find. It is important to keep in mind that when there is a nagging neck pain, just keeping sources of heat on the affected area will not help as much as if hot and cold sources were interspersed on the area. The effect, in this case, can be said to be enhanced. In fact, it would be good for a person who has a neck pain to make sure that he or she applies an ice pack to the area of the neck where they are experiencing the pain every two or three hours. This will make sure the level of aggravation will come down. While there is a range of things which have the potential to cause neck pain, once a person does have it, it does make a fair amount of sense to check the height of the pillow that he or she sleeps on. This is due to the fact that if a pillow is too high or too hard, it can be a very reliable source of trouble by the way of neck pain! Now, of course, a person who has a neck pain is really not expected to exist with limited mobility forever! That being said, it is important to only gradually increase the level of activity after a period of rest which is sufficient, as per the case. A neck pain is surely something which can really reduce the ease at which a person enjoys his or her life however if the right steps are taken by him or her, then there is no reason to doubt that he or she will be up and running in no time at all!
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Spine Injections

Dr. Phani Kiran 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB - Orthopedics
Orthopedist, Chennai
Spine Injections
Unique problem in dealing with age related spinal disorders is that degenerative changes (age related wear and tear) are very common and can exist without causing pain, while at the same time, some of them can be the cause of significant pain and disability in some patients. These changes can exist in multiple levels in the spine making it difficult to identify clinically, despite a thorough clinical examination, the exact level or structure that is the main cause of the spinal pain. The fact that they can exist without causing pain in many people compounds the situation. So, seeing an x-ray or mri of the spine is not enough to exactly identify the pain generator in the spine. In situations where there is spinal pain and there are multiple level degenerative changes seen on the mri, spinal injections are used as a test to temporarily block the pain from some structures in order to help identify the most likely cause of pain and help deciding further treatment plan accordingly. These injections are also used as treatmentof spinal pain (back/neck pain, sciatica) caused by a specific structural problem for relieving pain, while we wait for the problem to settle down naturally; and in those who are not responding to medication and physiotherapy. Another situation where injections are used is in patients who need surgery but cannot be operated for other reasons or want to postpone the surgery temporarily. Typically the injections are done under local anaesthesia, with the patient lying in an operation theatre with x-ray facility or in a ct scan console to help pass the needle to the exact desired location in the spine. A local anaesthetic alone or in combination with a steroid medication is injected. The target location may be the facet joints, si joints, disc or a near the nerve root. Many spine surgeons use these injections as a tool to help in accurate diagnosis as well as treatment of spinal pain world over.
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Know More About Neck Pain

Dr. Pravin Singh 89% (52 ratings)
MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Mumbai
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Know More About Neck Pain

Dr. Pravin Singh 89% (52 ratings)
MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Mumbai
Know More About Neck Pain
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Herniated Disc

Dr. Pinky Parekh 86% (934 ratings)
Doctor Of Physical Therapy (DPT), Bachelor of Physical Therapy
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
Herniated Disc
Herniated discs or bone spurts in the vertebrae of the neck may become the reason behind severe neck pain. They sometimes take too much space and compress the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Having a neck pain since 5 years. I am also visited to many doctors but no one can overcome my problem. please suggest me what can I do to free from neck pain?

Dr. Julie Mercy J David Raja 90% (3321 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
This is cervical pain (neck pain) and that's the reason the pain radiates until the shoulder blades. If you keep ice that would help and along side you can do hot water fermentation. You shall use cervical collar which would help you to reduce the radiating pain ie. Due to the nerve compression I used to have a shoulder pain for working in front of the computer. Do you suggest any medicine or exercise? This is due to the improper posture as while sitting in front of the computer and it leads to neck pain and thereby it leads to shoulder pain After a good sleep getting up in the morning I get usually pains in shoulder joints & in the back: It looks like you are anaemic. That's the reason your body becomes tired though you had good sleep during the night. The pain in the shoulder and back shows that your muscles become too tired especially in the area of the body where you get maximum body weight (ie. Back) and the shoulder which moves excessively during the day for any activity which we do with our hand. If the pain subsides after the day starts ie. Once your metabolic activity starts in the body then you become alright, so you can take bath in good warm water which would help you to break the tiredness. And also you can check with your calcium & vitamin levels in your body by consulting.

Sir mere kamar ke left side me dard hota hai mere takhno me v dard pichle 2-3 saal se rahta hai. Neck me v & pith me v jakran rahta hai kavi kavi. I am a married 36 years old man. What should I do?

Dr. (Mrs.) Saroj Das 90% (5584 ratings)
D.A.M.S( A. M.), D.AC/B.E.M.S
Acupressurist, Mumbai
You should take acupressure treatment and take biochemic mag phos200x + Nat Mur 200x 4 tab each thrice a day with warm water and take it 5 day's and consult private online.

What is the sound like bubble leak am hearing behind my neck like "irrrŕrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

Dr. Akanksha Tayal 93% (1332 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
It is because of the stiffness in neck. You have to some mild stretching for it and also the medicines. This problem will go away. Consult online for treatment.

Neck pain a sound comes out while I rotate my neck right to left or left to right when I do it up and down that time its ok.

Dr. Iram Parveen 92% (657 ratings)
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT)
Occupational Therapist, Delhi
Do neck movements Do neck stretching While sleeping use thin pillow or keep a towel roll under your neck If pain occurs apply hot pack

I have a pain in my neck when I move it up or down there is a sudden pain in left part of neck but the right part is fine. Can you tell the reason for the pain and it's cure.

Dr. Julie Mercy J David Raja 90% (3321 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
It might be over strain of your neck muscles. So you can apply ice over the left side of the neck.

Health Quizzes

Neck Pain - Causes and Treatment

Dr. Sidharth Verma 89% (29 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, DNB Anaesthesiology, PDCC - Pain Management
Pain Management Specialist, Mumbai
Your bra and proper posture could actually be the reason for your neck pain. True and false? Take this quiz to know now.
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MBBS
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