Orthopedic Treatment For Cervical Pain

The neck is a flexible joint that supports the weight of the head. It undergoes a lot of movement and is therefore prone to stress and injuries. Cervical or neck pain is a common problem affecting the people irrespective of gender or age. It is generally not a symptom or indication of a serious underlying disorder.

Causes

  • Maintaining a poor posture, hunching or slouching while sitting are common contributing factors
  • Sitting and working on the computer for too long or using the mobile phone continuously
  • Osteoarthritis- loss of cushioning between the neck joints due to ageing
  • Vehicular accident may cause a shock to the cervical region of the spine (Whiplash injuries)
  • A fall from a height
  • Sea divers are at a risk of developing cervical pain
  • Habit of gritting the teeth can strain the neck muscles
  • Reading while lying down in bed
  • Compression of nerves due to Herniated Discs or Bone Spurs
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Meningitis

Symptoms

  • Numbness
  • Pain which can be mild or severe that shoots down the arms and shoulders
  • Tenderness in the affected area
  • Weakness or loss of strength in the upper extremities
  • Tightness in the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Reduced flexibility of the neck
  • Pricks or tingling sensation in the neck and upper parts of the body
  • Coughing or sneezing may cause pain

Diagnosis

  • Details of the medical history of the patient may be taken down
  • The doctor may palpate to check for tenderness, muscle weakness and loss of movement
  • X-ray imaging may be required to check for structural changes in the spine
  • MRI scan may be helpful in taking images of the soft tissues and bone structure
  • CT scan may present a detailed three dimensional picture of the spine
  • Blood tests to check for spinal infections or inflammation
  • Electromyography - nerve test that is conducted by inserting needles through the skin of the neck

Treatment

  • The physician may prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy sessions may help to align the cervical vertebrae and strengthen the neck muscles as well as soft tissues
  • Application of heat pads or ice packs may reduce inflammation and pain
  • Electrical stimulation may help to ease the pain and promote nerve functioning
  • Manual traction using weights and pulleys to increase intervertebral spaces in the cervical
  • Use of a soft neck collar for a short duration for support
  • The doctor may inject steroids into the affected part
  • Nerve compression may be released through surgery
  • Gentle exercises may be performed to keep the joints in good health

For complete treatment of Cervical Pain, visit the spine specialists at OrthoTexas. They offer surgical as well as non-surgical treatment to provide relief from pain. For an appointment, call at (214) 618 - 5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034.

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