Neck Pain Signs and symptoms
Neck pain takes many forms, Signs and symptoms of neck pain may include:
- Pain in your neck that may be sharp or dull
- Stiffness in your neck
- Difficulty going about your daily tasks because of pain or stiffness in your neck.
- Shoulder pain in addition to neck pain, in some cases.
- Back pain in addition to neck pain, in some cases.
Injuries that cause neck pain
The spine consists of interlocking bones (vertebrae) and discs that separate the vertebrae. The portion of the spine that runs through the neck is known as the cervical spine. Muscles and ligaments in the neck hold the cervical spine together. Injury to any of these structures may result in neck pain.
Minor injuries may occur from tripping or from excessive motion of the cervical spine. Severe neck injuries may occur from whiplash in an accident, falls from significant heights, direct blows to the face or the back or top of the head, sports-related injuries, a penetrating injury such as a stab wound, or pressure applied to the outside of the neck, such as strangulation.
Neck Pain from an injury may be sudden and severe. Bruising and swelling may develop soon after the injury. Sudden (acute) injuries can result in strain and pain in the neck, dislocation of the spin, or a ruptured disc.
Neck Pain – Help Yourself to Prevent Neck Pain
Take frequent breaks: Don’t sit in one place for a long time, such as your car or at your desk. Arrange some of the items in your office that cause inconvenience. This will force you to get up, stretch or walk around.
Maintain good neck posture: Adjust the seat of your computer or desk chair so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees. Your head and neck will naturally follow in the correct position. While traveling in a car airplane or train, place a small pillow or rolled towel between your neck and a head rest to keep the normal curve in your neck
Avoid too many pillows: Avoid sleeping with too many pillows or falling asleep in front of the television with your head on the arm of a couch.
Neck Pain Exercise: Treat your body to a consistent regimen of stretching and strengthening to balance your muscle groups. This protects your neck as well as helping your whole body. Walking at any pace is excellent exercise for your neck. The rotation of the spine provides a great natural workout for the neck muscles.
Eat smart and drink water: Good nutrition and staying well hydrated are not only important to stay healthy, but vital in the healing process.