Neck pain is a common issue that affects an estimated sixty percent of adults at least once in their adult lives. There are many different approaches for neck pain treatment, and these must be tailor to your individual needs and depend on how severe your neck pain is currently and how it got like that. The normal avenues of neck pain treatment are medication, neck and postural exercises and ergonomics.
It is important to understand that the scientific evidence to support many of the treatments used for neck pain is limited. And due to the complex nature of the human body, what works for one person may not work for another. And remember doctor will of course be biased towards medication and drugs as a form of treatment because that is what they are trained in. They are usually not aware of other forms of treatment or therapy.
If you have suffered a neck injury and are experiencing sever neck pain, this is a potential situation that requires further medication attention. Some symptoms that may indicate need for further medical assistance can include but are not limited to: numbness, weakness, shooting pains or tingling in the arms or legs. Symptoms such as these may get worse very quickly or start very suddenly, so you should see further medical attention.
Previously extended bed rest was advised for pain in the neck but that is no longer the case. The best advice for bed rest is that it should be limited to 24-48 hours after the beginning of pain. Except in the cases of a pinched nerve or nerve root compression, or if you have broken a bone in your neck or damaged a disc in the neck area.
Keeping the neck mobile is very important part of neck pain treatment. Frequent breaks of sustained postures such as computer or desk work can go a long way to helping prevent or treat pain in the neck. A break from desk work every 20 minutes is ideal. Although initially this may not look good for productivity, you may find that it will actually improve it.
Neck pain treatment in the initial phase of neck pain as a result of a specific injury can consist of icing the injury with an ice pack. Ice packs can help to decrease inflammation and swelling after an injury and help to ease the pain. If you are someone who does not like ice packs or the cold then just do not use it. The benefits are probably not worth it if you find it uncomfortable. After the initial 2 days you can apply heat to the area. This can help reduce stiffness and ease the muscles.
If you have had a neck injury or have long term neck ache then you might also need specific neck exercises in your neck pain treatment program. People that have also not had one specific triggering incident but have slowly developed their neck ache over a period of time might also find it worthwhile to start doing some exercises. The best types of exercises are core strength ones and ones that focus on postural muscles. A very important aspect of neck pain treatment is taking care of work station ergonomics. Because if you do a lot of desk or computer work and have poor ergonomics it may not cause an issue straight away but eventually it will. Many people have poorly positioned computer monitors. Aim to have the top or middle of your monitor at eye height, this will reduce the strain on your neck. If you spend a lot of time on the laptop, get a laptop stand. Simple changes for everyday activities can really make a difference.
Source by Peter Alexis