Neck Pain Treatment
Neck pain can be caused by a traumatic injury, such as a car accident, lifting or pulling a heavy object, or from a blow to the head. Pain also can be caused by chronic strain from prolonged computer or cell phone use or poor posture or an awkward sleeping position.
This leads to bleeding, Inflammation and swelling over the following day or two that can cause additional pain. When there is an injury to a muscle and it’s adjacent structures, the muscle contracts and causes the surrounding muscles to contract in an attempt to guard and protect the damaged area. This contraction can however, cause even more pain. Before you become consciously aware of your pain, your spinal cord possesses the incoming pain message from your body, then sends the message onto your brain. This is when you become aware of the pain message. Repetitive pain messages from the body can trigger changes to the way the spinal cord processes these pain messages causing them to be amplified in the spinal cord before relaying them to the brain. This leads to an increased pain sensation from the same pain source. This is why ongoing damage can become perceived as increasingly painful and disabling overtime.
SYMPTOMS OF NECK PAIN
- Neck pain and stiffness.
- Decreased range of motion.
- Tenderness in the shoulders, upper back and arms.
- Tingling or numbness in the arms.
TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN
- Conservative treatments include:
- Massage therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Posture correction
- Physical therapy
- Workstation modification
The goal of these therapies are the restore function with an emphasis on improving strength, flexibility and endurance. Pain should be treated early and intensively.
LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING NECK PAIN
The biggest risk in ignoring neck pain is an accelerated degenerative arthritis to the affected spinal levels. Since neck pain is commonly associated with stiffness and decreased ranges of motion, there is less blood supply to the affected joints causing accelerated disc degeneration (osteoarthritis).
TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF FOR NECK PAIN
It is best to use ice following an acute neck injury, After 72 hours we recommend heat or alternating heat and ice,. Movement often reduces symptoms of neck pain. We recommend letting pain be your guide for how much movement.
DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER NECK PAIN TREATMENT?
Yes most insurance covers treatment for neck pain.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
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LET US HELP TO TREAT YOUR NECK PAIN IN LYNNWOOD
Do not ignore your Neck Pain, it can become worse overtime. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of Neck Pain.