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Neck Pain Treatment: Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is Neck Pain? How is the treatment done? Are there any side effects? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent?

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain can also be termed as ‘neck osteoarthritis’, ‘cervical disc disease’ and ‘cervical spondylosis’. Neck pain can arise due to a variety of reasons. Generally, a pain on the neck is caused due to constant exposure by an kind of weight on the vertebral column of the spine. It can start at any age but mostly occurs in men and women after 40.

The neck is responsible for the motion of your skill and shoulders. If the neck is exposed to any abnormalities, pressure, injury or inflammation, it can cause stiffness of the neck. Most neck pains and stiffness occur due to incorrect maintenance of posture or over use. Hence, many people often complain of neck pain and stiffness.

In most cases, neck pain can be relieved in a matter of days and is thus not considered to be of a great deal. But sometimes, constant pain in the neck can indicate a serious injury to the spine that needs to be surgically tended to.

Neck pain mostly affects 75% of people in the working sector, due to exposure to the same posture for long hours. It can also occur due to a wrong position during sleep, or a muscle pull due to exercising.

The neck is a very sensitive area which is prone to any and every kind of injury due to a dall, hit or crash. The neck, being highly susceptible to damage, also poses as a threat since it brings the spinal cord to a risk as well. Any serious injury or fracture to the neck can definitely affect the spinal cord.

How is the treatment done?

Since neck pains are generally common and mostly do not indicate signs of threat, it can be treated with the help of ointments or sprays that would relieve the sprain in a few days and heal the neck.

If the neck pan prolongs for days with no signs of recovery, a doctor needs to be consulted. The doctor would need a background check of the patient’s medical history. This would be followed by a physical examination which would include checking for pain, motion in the neck, reflexes, nerve and muscle function in the neck, arms and legs.

If the doctor feels the injury is serious, tests can be conducted which would include an X-ray to get an idea of how badly the neck has been affected. CT scans can be followed as well. This can also be done via an MRI, EMG or myelogram.

Resting plays a crucial role in relieving any kind of pain. In cases of mild neck pain, treatment can be done at home by taking ample amount of rest and staying away from straining activities for a couple of days.

Physical therapy can also be done to heal the neck. This consists of a hot and cold therapy, exercises that would help stretch the neck and shoulders and open up the muscles, massage therapy, etc.

Surgery might be required in extreme cases of neck pain, where the pain arises due to a fracture or severe injury. This may include the removal or replacement of the bone, or disc tissues of the spinal cord.

Who is eligible for the treatment?

For mild cases of neck pain, anyone suffering through the same can undergo the treatment. For severe cases of injury, the doctor's consultation would be needed to determine the eligibility.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

There are no such restrictions for the treatment of neck pain. However, in severe cases in case of children, the doctor's consultation must be taken to determine the eligibility and the alternatives for the same.

Are there any side effects?

Neck pain treatments do not generally have many side effects but the most common ones could include headaches and numbness on the day of the treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

After the treatment of neck pains, the patient is required to rest properly. In cases of severe injury, the patient is made to rest for weeks and is made to avoid work or movement in general, to relax the neck and spine. In mild cases, repeated application of the ointment or spray advised by the local physician would be necessary to relieve the patient off of the pain./p>

How long does it take to recover?

Mostly, neck pains get treated in a couple of days. However for extreme cases, it may take upto 3 or 4 weeks to completely heal.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

In India, the price range for the treatment of neck pain varies. For mild cases, it would not cost more than Rs. 1,000. For severe cases, it might go up to Rs, 50, 000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

No, the results of the treatment are not permanent

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