Neck pain is a common problem in IT professionals and those who strains the neck for prolonged period of time.Neck or cervical spine is network of nerves,muscles,bones and joints.It provide stability and mobility to the head. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture when working oncomputersandother activities.Cervical muscles and spine will be stressed when we lean head forward for prolonged period of time. This leads to forward head posture, at this condition there will be imbalances in the muscles which predisposes to neck pain.There are many other cause for neck pain,it can include irritation along nerve pathways that can cause pain in shoulder,arm, hand and head.Nowadays neck pain is widely seen in young adults who uses smartphones for proonged period of time. Cervical radiculopathy is a condition which occur due to herinated cervical disc. It can cause radiation to either sides.It occurs when cervical disc impinge on cervical nerve roots, which produces pain or numbness,sensory deficiets or motor dysfunction in neck or upper extremities.Cervical radiculopathy can also occur in case of cervical spondylosis refers to
degenerative changes in the cervical disc,in these cases there will b decreased disc height and foraminal narrowing, this causes increased load placed on the intervertebral joints as well as vertebral bodies leading to bony hypertrophy,this in turn leads to foramen stenosis and radiculopathy.In case of cervical radiculopathy there can be weakness of deltoid,biceps,wrist extensors,triceps,wrist flexors,finger flexors and hand intrinsic muscles.Certain special tests are used for the diagnosis of cervical radiculopahty,these are spurlings test,upper limb tension-1,distraction test,involved side cervical rotation range less than 60 degrees.These is 90% possibility of cervical radiculopathy if all these test are positive,if only 3 of the 4 test are positive possibility reduces to 65%. Right side neck pain can be occur when u fall asleep in an odd posture,or it may be due to several other reasons.If diagnosis of chronic right side neck pain is done properly treatment will be effective.If rigth side neck pain is persisting for a longer period and does not subside with rest it could be due to spine related disorder so you have to seek health care professional as early as possible.Right side neck pain may occure due to degenerative disc disease,in this condition the disc that serves between cervical vertebras undergo degeneration.Right side neck pain can also occur due to herinated disc,in this codition the inner gelatinous portion of the disc begin to protrude through the harder portion of the disc.In case of acute torticolis we will wake up with twisted for stiff neck causing pain on the right side of the neck,spreading over the shoulder.Left side neck pain can be caused same as the above factors of right side neck pain,symptoms will also be same.Both right and left side
neck pain can also be caused due to following,grinding the teeth,whiplash injury,muscle strain when lifting heavy objects.holding phone between ear and shoulder, leaning forward for several hours. Simultanous neck and shoulder is common and can occur due to sprain and strain.Symptoms will include tingling,shooting pain,stiffness,numbness,spasms and soreness.Neck and shoulder pain can in case of injury to soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments and muscles.Depending upon the cause of neck and shoulder neck pain ,intensity of the pain will vary from different activities.People having neck shoulder pain some people find neck pain more concerning,others feel shoulder pain more painfull. Most common cause are cervical herinated disc,cervical spondylosis,muscle strain,stinger injury.When cervical disc bulges out it impinge the nerve root causing pain.In cervical spondylosis when degeneration happens it causes cervical
foramen stenosis leads to compression of the spina nerve.There are several muscles in neck and shoulder
region,when levator scapula or trapezius are strained it can cause pain in neck and shoulder region,sometimes pain can be reffered to different region.A stinger injury is when a collision happen that causes the neck to bend sideways,it may overstretch the nerves between.It results in symptoms like, a shock like pain that shoots down the arm.Other symtoms of stinger injury includes tingling, weakness or numbness. Other causes of neck and shoulder pain are thoracic outlet syndrome,brachial neuritis,cerical myofascial pain syndrome,shoulder osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.In case of thoracic outlet syndrome the nerves or blood vessels will compress between the thoracic outlet.Brachial neuritis occurs when the brahial plexus is inflammes or damaged,there will be sharp shock like pain.In case of cervical myofascial pain syndrome trigger ponints will be present,when applying pressure to those points it may radiate pain to other parts,so it is necessary to relieve those trigger points.There will be widespred pain,fatigue,tender points in fibromyalgia,it co exist in patients with mental health issue such as depression or anxiety. When we are sleeping right pillow is very essential to keep neck in neutral position.Without the right pillow intricate muscleswill become stressed which worsens the neck pain that existing or causes pain or stiffnes in day time.Pillow that too flat will put strain on the neck,on the other hand pillow that too high will not allow neck muscles to relax during sleeping. Some of the home remedies for the neck pain are creat an
ergnomic work place,limit the use of smartphone,don’t drive for too long at a time,do stretches,change your sleep position,apply heat or ice,avoid sudden movements,reduce physical activity,exercise regularly, reduce stress. Some persons might have neck pain accompaied by headache,this can occur due to following reasons.Cervicogenic headache,it is caused to to any problem regarding cervical disc, joint muscles ,nerves etc. It begins as a dull ach in the neck radiate upward towards the back of the neck,mostly affects one side.Another cause is occipital neuralgia which produce shock like painful sensation on back of the neck,head and ears.Usually occurs in one side begins in upper neck and spreds to head. If you have a neck pain that last for days,stiff neck or radiculopathy cosult a healthcare practioner for early diasgnosis and better and fast recovery.Physiotherapy includes varities for treatment intervention for neck pain.Which includes manual therapy,accupunture,dryneedling,shockwave therapy,exercises etc.Once you consult a physiotherapist they will do proper assesment and design a treatment protocol depends on the diagnosis for better result.
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