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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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2 Best Stretches for Neck Pain/cervical Spondylosis

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2 Best Stretches for Neck Pain/cervical Spondylosis
Neck Extension It s easy to relax into a forward head tilt when you re sitting at your desk reading a book for a short period of time. If the muscles that extend the neck aren t properly engaged, they may be weak and inflexible. This is a great stretch to counteract this imbalance. You can perform the stretch either seated or standing. 1. Start in a seated position with your feet flat on the floor and hands resting on your thighs, with your neck straight and eyes looking forward. 2. Begin by pulling your chin up toward the ceiling, while keeping your shoulders relaxed. Return to the start position before repeating the stretch. Neck Flexion You can gain flexibility of the neck through a variety of stretches. To increase range of motion in a downward direction, use this exercise as a gentle stretch to improve flexion. You can perform this stretch either seated or standing. 1. Begin in a seated position with your feet flat on the floor and hands resting on your thighs. Start with your neck straight and eyes looking forward. 2. Using your core muscles to keep your back straight for the duration of the stretch, begin the movement by tucking your chin downward toward your chest. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Hold and return to the start position to relax the stretch.
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Side Neck Stretch There aren t many tasks that require us to bend our neck from side to side. Yet the tension from daily stresses gathers in this very area, leaving these muscles tight and with limited range of motion for many people. This gentle stretch helps release tension from the neck. 1. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart and arms relaxed at your sides,start with your neck straight and eyes looking forward. Place your right hand on top of your head and slowly lower your right ear toward your shoulder until you feel the muscles fully lengthen on the left side of the neck. 2. Return to the start position to relax the neck. Then place your left hand on top of your head and repeat the stretch toward the left until you feel the tension on the right side. Side Neck Rotation We depend many times during the day on the ability of our neck to rotate freely to look left and right before turning the car, or to quickly look over our shoulder when we hear something behind us. This stretch helps to improve this range of motion by exaggerating a movement we use so often. 1.Seated with your feet flat on the floor and your hands resting on your thighs,start with your neck straight and tall and your eyes looking forward. 2. Begin the movement by slowly turning your head to the left until you feel tension in the right side of your neck. Return to the start position to relax the neck and repeat the stretch on the right side.
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HEALTHIER WALKING POSTURE TO REDUCE NECK/BACK PAIN FOCUS ON WALKING Walking provides you with your most basic form of transportation. It is one of the safest and most effective ways to exercise the entire body. If your neck or back pain is currently aggravated by walking, your pain may be reduced if you control some of the factors addressed in this . This describes problem walking patterns (bad moves), and healthier walking patterns (good moves). STANDING REFLECTS ON WALKING In general, your standing posture will be similar to the posture you exhibit while walking. For example, if you exhibit an increased low-back arch and/or forward-head posture while standing still, these imbalances will usually be present when you walk as well. If you tend to hold yourself tensely while standing still, your walking will also tend to reflect this tension. if you slump while standing, you will exhibit the same poor alignment when walking.Therefore, it is important for you to become aware of your postural tendencies and to follow the specific recommendations already made in the focus on standing section. Once you are able to subtly change some of these tendencies while standing still (by performing postural adjustment exercises), it is a simple matter of continuing these and similar adjustment while walking.If you recognize any of the problem walking patterns as being similar to your own, attempt the adjustments recommended. Use the postural adjustment,breathing and imaginary tips for short periods of time (10 seconds- 1 minute)during your daily activities that include walking. REPLACE PROBLEM WALKING PATTERNS WITH HEALTHIER WALKING PATTERNS BAD MOVE: increased low back arch while walking An increased forward arch of the low back, along with a stretched-out lower abdomen, will cause the water in the pelvic basin to spill out the front as you walk. This alignment will typically aggravate low back pain. In this alignment you tend to walk with your abdomen leading out in front. GOOD MOVE: leveling the pelvis Imagine that there is a pulley attached to the front brim of your pelvis that goes up toward the ceiling. As you walk, imagine that the upward lift of this pulley is maintaining the front brim of your pelvis up and level with the back brim. The water in the pelvic bowl stays level from front to back. Allow this image to help maintain your pelvis and low back in a stable position as you continue walking.
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Concentrated pain in the neck can be especially tormenting. Before you look for a cure for this pain and start treating it, it is important that you try and find out the underlying cause behind it as well. Contacting a physiotherapist in time will allow you not only to avoid any and every side effect posed by neck pain, but also assist you to get good riddance from it. Causes of Neck Pain: There can be multiple causes of neck pain. The treatment of the same depends wholly on the factor that is causing the pain. Some of these causes of neck pain include Misaligned hips, Misaligned Spine, Misaligned shoulders, A constantly forward-tilted head, Lack of movement of the head from one specific position, Tensing up of the muscles in the upper back, Tensing up of the muscles in the neck region, etc. It is all these factors and a few more that end up resulting in stiffening of muscles in and around the neck and causing you intermediate to unbearable pain. Side effects of neck pain: Neck pain also has some side effects, which includes temporary loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, blackouts, temporarily blurred vision, headache, spondylitis, etc. Exercises for neck pain: Neck exercises are a predominant part of the treatment extended by every physiotherapist, to cure neck pain. Some of the most vital and effective exercises for neck pain are listed below. Frog: Funny as it way sounds, the frog is one of the best exercises when it comes to treating neck pain. All you have to do is lie down on the floor with your knees apart, your feet joined, your hands laid upward on the floor at a 45-degree angle to your body and just stay there in that position for two minutes. This will force your back to arch naturally, slowly giving some relief to your neck. Sitting floor: Try sitting floor for neck pain. All you have to do is sit straight with your back rested on a wall, with your legs laid straight forward. Bring together your shoulder blades and bend to help them meet your knees while curling the toes outward to optimal. Stay in this position for a good 3 minutes, without bending the legs. Static wall: Lie down on the floor with your bottom against a wall and your legs up it. You can always scoot back a bit if there is the slightest of discomfort. The aim here is to help the tail bone lie comfortably on the floor. Tighten your thigh muscles but curling your toes outward and pointing your feet straight out from its previous position. Maintain this position for 3 minutes for maximum effect. Static back: The static back is the most common and most helpful exercise for neck pain. All you got to do is lie down on the floor, while placing your legs on an elevated surface, such as an ottoman or a chair at a 45-degree angle to your body. Now put your arms at an angle of 45 degrees to your body as well, only sideways on your shoulder. Follow this position by lifting your palms and staying in that position for five to ten minutes. All these exercises are aimed to positively influence one muscle or the other in and around the neck region and to help you get rid of that pain. Consult a physiotherapist first, and he/she will advise you on the best neck pain exercises.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 38 year female and I have scoliosis problem and have s curve in spine from childhood. But now I have pain in neck and right side pelvic and right lower abdomen.

Dr. Julie Mercy J David Raja 89% (4897 ratings)
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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. Cervical spondylosis – chronic condition with radiating pain As your rightly said you have to go for traction and also you can do IFT. Please consult the near by therapist for quick relief. Since you have pain for more than 10 years it is suggestible to go for cervical muscle strengthening exercise. Use collar will definitely be helpful for him to maintain the good posture. And also cervical pillow can be used which might make you to have better posture of the shoulder neck and arm. 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.

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I'm just 21 and since two years I have a problem of spondylitis. Its in the neck region. Slight desiccation of the disc. But doctor said it can be cured by exercise. I want to also loose weight as I'm slightly overweight. What exercise should I start? It keeps paining in the neck and the head feels heavy all the time.

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Avoid spicy and heavy foods. Include more vegetables in meals. Go for fasting once in week. Switch to yoga and pranayama regularly. Practice yogic asanas which are indicated in spondylosis. Take oil massage every day with sahacharadi oil following hot water bath. Follow below medicines. Cap Ksheerabala tail 1-1-1 for 45 days. Rasna saptaka kashaya 15 ml thrice with equal water. Avoid bike riding, lifting heavy weight, sitting in single posture for longer duration for mobile and TV watching.

My heart Rate resting is between 80-100bpm. Also I feel stiffness and pain in left Neck and Jaw which causes sudden sensation at left side of Head.

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Neck Exercises. Neck Stretching. Postural Correction. Shoulder Shrugs. Take frequent Breaks at work. Core Strengthening Exercises.

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