Are you worried about your Neck Pain?
There are a wide range of possible causes for neck pain. While sometimes, it may be obvious that your injury is a direct result of a car accident, fall or sporting injury, sometimes you might experience pain with no obvious cause and often this can be the most worrying. There are a large range of conditions that could be the cause of the pain you are experiencing, these may include but are not limited to, Cervical dystonia, fibromyalgia, herniated disc, meningitis, muscle strain or whiplash.
Experiencing pain can be very uncomfortable, disrupting your daily life and increasing your anxiety levels but it may be possible to alleviate some of the symptoms you are experiencing at home before seeking a medical consultation or treatment. Neck pain can be particularly disruptive, often leading to sleepless nights but listed below are some helpful tips to get you back on track.
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Pain relief gels are also available and can be applied directly to the skin
- Use a firm pillow with a low profile
- Treat the affected area with cold compresses or heat pads
- Gentle massage can help relieve spasms
- Try gentle neck exercises, slowly and carefully, turning your head side to side or up and down
- Good posture can help relieve neck pain
Neck pain is a common problem but in most cases it is rarely serious and often caused by a minor muscle strain. It may be uncomfortable but the pain will usually pass within a week or so on its own. If your pain persists or you experience any of the symptoms listed below, then it may be a sign of a more serious problem and medical consultation should be sought immediately.
- If Pain persists more than two weeks
- Your pain level is still very high despite taking painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen
- You are experiencing pain that radiates down your arms
- You are experiencing a loss of sensation
- The condition is disrupting your daily life
- You are experiencing weakness in either arm
- Cervical dystonia
- Cervical spondylosis
- Muscle strains
- Spinal stenosis