Treatment for Neck Pain in Brighton
Neck pain or cervicalgia is intense pain and discomfort in the neck. It is often commonly referred to as a ‘crick in the neck’. It can slow you down and impact your work and other day-to-day activities. Cervicalgia that doesn’t go away of its own accord requires medical attention.
What are the Types of Cervicalgia?
There are two major types of neck pain: acute neck pain and chronic neck pain.
Acute Neck Pain
This is a severe stabbing or shooting pain that can move into the shoulders. It is sometimes accompanied by weakness in the arm, or loss of coordination in the arms and legs. In some cases, acute neck pain can go away on its own in a matter of days.
Chronic Neck Pain
This is a pain that is present for a prolonged time. In most cases a pinched nerve is the cause, although there are other potential causes. If the pinched nerve is caused by a cervical herniated disc, the intensity of the pain will determine whether a non-surgical or surgical approach is necessary as treatment.
What are the Causes of Neck Pain?
The causes of neck pain are unique to every individual. It can be caused by sustained poor posture or poor workplace ergonomics. It can also be caused by muscle fatigue from overuse or even poor sleeping positions. Sometimes, it may be a result of repetitive overuse while performing heavy lifting or manual work. It can also be as a result of whiplash, cancer of the spine, meningitis, and trauma such as an accident.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Cervicalgia?
How Can Neck Pain Be Diagnosed?
How Can Neck Pain Be Treated?
The treatment for neck pain largely depends on the cause and the intensity of the pain. Possible treatments include:
Over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, opioids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used by some patients to treat neck pain. They provide short-term relief and reduce pain as well as inflammation.
Cervical collars restrict movement of, and support the head so that strain is taken off the neck. Because it limits neck movement, the muscles can heal.
If cervicalgia does not respond to other conservative measures, cervical spinal surgery may become necessary.
If you are experiencing neck pain, proper physiotherapy and osteopathy can relive the pain. A physical therapist can provide the tools and the techniques you need to get better. Contact us today for a better assessment of the disorder, and to begin the healing process.