What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain also referred to as cervical pain, is the general sense of discomfort and pain in the vertebrae area. Neck pain can be due to several reasons, the most common being incorrect posture, other than that there can be some medical reasons behind neck pain or it can also be due to some structural disorders in the neck, the cervical vertebrae and inter – vertebral discs, muscles, esophagus, larynx, trachea, blood vessels, lymphatic organs, nerves, thyroid gland and parathyroid glands. Minor neck pain can be treated with the help of some at – home neck pain remedies like, massages, rest and ice packs, while severe forms of neck pain need medical attention.

Neck Pain on the Left Side:
Neck pain on the left side is mainly the result of bad postures. People suffering from some medical conditions may also experience neck pain on the left side. Other possible severe neck pain reason can be trauma, inflammation, or abnormal growths on the left side of the neck. People having neck pain on the left side may also experience a general sense of weakness or numbness in the neck, shoulder or the arm. Treatment for neck pain on the left side involves the usual rest and exercise and physiotherapy for neck pain unless there is some other medical condition that requires surgery, to have neck pain relief.
Back of Neck Pain: Often neck pain transpires into the surrounding region affecting the muscles and nerves connected to the head leading to back of neck pain. Back of neck pain are also responsible for tension headaches.

Neck Pain Symptoms
There are several symptoms of neck pain; one of the most common neck pain symptoms is a dull pain in the neck. Some of the neck pain symptoms for underlying medical issues are as follows;

-Numbness

-Tingling

-Tenderness

-Sharp shooting pain

-Difficulty swallowing

-Pulsations

-Swishing sounds in the head

-Dizziness or lightheadedness

-Lymph Node Swelling

-Arthritis

-Wryneck

-Tumour Severe neck pain due to pinched nerve shows the following symptoms;

-Headache

-Facial pain,

-Shoulder pain,

-Arm numbness or Tingling (upper extremity paresthesias)

Apart from the above symptoms, in several medical conditions neck pain can also be accompanied by upper and lower back pain.

Diagnosis
In cases of severe neck pain, a doctor makes a diagnosis only after reviewing the history of the symptoms along with the site of neck pain, the intensity of the pain, duration, and radiation of the pain. Some of points noted by a doctor before making any diagnosis are – Is the pain getting worse or improved with some movement of the head, any injury to the neck in the past and the treatments received. Doctors also examine the patient’s nervous system to determine the involvement of any nerve behind the neck pain.
Some of the tests that can be administered by the doctor for making appropriate diagnosis include

-X-ray

-CT scan,

-Bone scan,

-MRI scan

-Myelogram

-Electromyography (EMG)

-Nerve conduction velocity test (NCV).

Neck Pain Causes
There are as many neck pain causes as there are types of neck pain. From the common culprit like bad posture to more serious health conditions like tuberculosis of the neck are some of the few reasons behind neck pain. Some of the common neck pain causes are as follows;

-Degenerative disc disease

-Neck strain

-Neck injury – whiplash, herniated disc or a pinched nerve

-Neck pain due to throat virus infection causing swelling of the lymph node and neck pain

-Tuberculosis of the neck

-Infection of the spine bones in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis)

-Meningitis, accompanied with neck stiffness

-Fibromyalgia

-Polymyalgia

-Rheumatica

Neck pain remedies
Neck pain remedies do not need to be restricted to massages and medication, there are now plenty of other forms of fun activities that can bring neck pain relief like Jacuzzi treatment, or specifically designed neck pillows for sleep besides the regular neck pain relief exercises and stretches.

Neck pain treatment

Neck pain treatment for minor forms of neck pain does not involve a whole lot of medical attention and basic easily available neck pain remedies like – rest, heat or cold packs, topical anaesthetic creams, topical pain-relief patches, will bring about neck pain relief.
Severe neck pain however, has a different neck pain treatment plan like; traction, soft-collar traction, physical therapy (ultrasound, massage, manipulation), medications, local injections of cortisone or anaesthetics, muscle relaxants, analgesics, and surgical procedures.

Physiotherapy for neck pain
Physiotherapy for neck pain goes a long way in bringing neck pain relief in some cases, by means of
Stretch, strengthen and straighten
Massage and specific neck pain exercises

Ultrasound – helps in eliminating muscle and joint pain

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS – is a therapy that uses mild electrical currents to treat pain

Mobilization – It is a manual treatment that improves joint function along with stretching tight muscles and ligaments through neck pain exercises.

Traction – This therapy involves creating a sustained pull on the neck to bring neck pain relief in neck pain due to nerve root irritation or muscle spasms.

Surgery for Neck Pain
In cases of neck pain due to nerve pinching herniated discs, Anterior Cervical Disectomy surgery is required to eliminate the neck pain. Apart from this the most common reasons for which surgery is advised are;
For the removal of damaged disc and/or other structures irritating a nerve root
For the stabilization of the cervical spine
For decompressing the spinal cord
Even after undergoing surgery, the patient needs to undergo rehabilitation program that consists of certain neck pain exercises which would help in gaining flexibility and mobility back.

How can we help?

Neck pain comes across as a very innocent type of pain but, who suffer from the severe neck pain understands the true nature of this pain. Neck pain can be aggravated by simple activities like walking or sudden movements and as such these people require the help of health care professionals to get treated at the comfort of their home. Portea is widely renowned for offering quality healthcare at home. Portea’s nurses are not only highly trained and well experienced; they follow a patient centric approach, meaning they modify their services as per the need and condition of the patient. They also train and help the patients in performing neck pain exercises as part of physiotherapy for neck pain. So if you need neck pain treatment at home or physiotherapy for neck pain just get in touch with us and allows us to rapidly bring you back to good health.

 

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References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003025.htm

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