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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 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 reasons 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 transpired into the surrounding region affecting the muscles and nerves connected to the head leading to back of neck pain. Back of neck pain is 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:

  1. Numbness: A lack of sensation or feeling in a particular part of the body.
  2. Tingling: A sensation of prickling or stinging often felt in the extremities.
  3. Tenderness: Sensitivity or pain upon touch, often indicating inflammation or injury.
  4. Sharp shooting pain: Sudden and intense pain that radiates or shoots through a specific area.
  5. Difficulty swallowing: Challenges or discomfort in the process of swallowing food or liquids.
  6. Pulsations: Rhythmic throbbing or beating sensations, often felt in blood vessels.
  7. Swishing sounds in the head: Auditory sensations resembling a swooshing or swishing noise, possibly related to blood flow.
  8. Dizziness or lightheadedness: A sensation of unsteadiness, spinning, or feeling faint.
  9. Lymph Node Swelling: Enlargement of lymph nodes, typically due to infection, inflammation, or other immune system responses.
  10. Arthritis: Inflammation of the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
  11. Wryneck: A condition characterized by the abnormal positioning or tilting of the neck, often causing pain and limited movement.
  12. Tumor: In rare cases, neck pain can be a symptom of a neck or spinal tumor.

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

  1. Headache: Persistent or intermittent pain, often radiating from the neck.
  2. Facial Pain: Discomfort or aching sensations in the face.
  3. Shoulder Pain: Pain that may extend from the neck to the shoulders.
  4. Arm Numbness: Loss of sensation or a feeling of ‘pins and needles’ in the arms.
  5. Tingling in Upper Extremities (Paresthesias): Sensations of tingling or prickling, often in the arms or hands.

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

neck 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 the 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).

causes of neck pain

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

Beyond traditional approaches like massages and medication, diverse remedies for neck pain relief include enjoyable activities such as Jacuzzi treatments and specially designed neck pillows for sleep. These alternatives complement conventional neck pain relief exercises and stretches, offering a broader spectrum of options for individuals seeking relief. Integrating these varied approaches can enhance the overall well-being and comfort of those experiencing neck pain, providing a more holistic and enjoyable approach to managing discomfort.

the best treatment for neck pain

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 anesthetic 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 anesthetics, muscle relaxants, analgesics, and surgical procedures.

physiotherapy for neck pain

Physiotherapy treatment 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 Discectomy surgery is required to eliminate 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 a rehabilitation program that consists of certain neck pain exercises which would help in gaining flexibility and mobility back.

how can portea help for neck pain?

Neck pain comes across as a very innocent type of pain but, who suffer from the severe neck pain understand 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. Our physiotherapists 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.

We 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 allow us to rapidly bring you back to good health by searching for neck or cervical physiotherapy near me.

With Portea, you’re not just getting neck pain physiotherapy ; you’re gaining a partner in your journey to recovery and well-being. We also offer a range of superior healthcare services, including doctor consultations, medical equipment, nursing home care, and dedicated caretakers. Rely on us for top-tier healthcare solutions tailored to your requirements.

physiotherapy near me

Accessing physiotherapy has become more convenient with in-home services, eliminating the need to visit a clinic or hospital and risk exacerbating injuries. By searching “physiotherapy near me” online, you can schedule an appointment with a highly trained physiotherapist through our website. This ensures personalized care in the comfort of your home, allowing for optimal recovery and a swift return to your normal life. Our platform connects you with top-tier professionals, emphasizing convenience and quality in the rehabilitation process.


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Should I see a doctor or physiotherapist for neck pain?

Your physio has an expert understanding of anatomy and human biomechanics and is therefore the best person to consult with. You should definitely make the trip to your physio first if you have suffered any of the following: Back and neck pain.

Can physiotherapy treat neck pain?

 Physical therapy is one of the most widely used therapies for chronic neck discomfort. Most physical therapy programs for neck pain entail using treatments to lessen pain and/or stiffness sufficiently to begin an activity program that strengthens and stretches the neck.

What workouts should I avoid when I have neck pain?

4 exercises to avoid if you have neck arthritis:Perform sit-ups and crunches,Military press,Bridge,Lat pull-downs.

What are the possible negative effects of neck physiotherapy?

Mild headaches or dizziness are other possible adverse effects of physiotherapy, particularly if the treatment requires neck or head movement. Some persons may have short-term muscle spasms or stiffness following a physiotherapy treatment. These side effects are often minimal and should resolve within a few days.

Why does neck pain begin?

Overuse, such as spending too many hours slumped over a computer or smartphone, is a common cause of muscular strains. Even something as simple as reading in bed can put strain on the neck muscles. Joints that have become worn. Neck joints, like other joints in the body, deteriorate with age.

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