Are you experiencing any tightness, stiffness, soreness, or radiating pain in the neck?
Do you stare in front of a computer or your smartphone most of the time? Your neck pain might be something you should pay more attention to.
Your cervical spine (neck) is the link between nerves, bones, and joints. It supports the weight of your head, so it’s highly susceptible to pain, joint restrictions, and reduced range motion.
Chronic neck pain occurs at any age but is more common in adults. About 15% of American adults experience this condition that lasts at least one full day.
Neck pain is usually caused by inflammation or irritation of the ligaments, joints, and muscles. It can be mild and easy to ignore, but it could become severe and can be associated with other facial and skin conditions.
Keep reading to know more about managing neck pain.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
These are the most common symptoms of neck pain:
Spasms, soreness, and tightness of neck muscles
Reduced head mobility
Radiating pain from the neck to the shoulders, arms, and fingers.
Here’s how to relieve neck pain, including minor neck stiffness:
To reduce nerve inflammation, apply ice packs. After that, apply heat with a heating pad, hot compress, or take a hot shower.
Opt for over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Take a break from any sport, heavy lifting, or activities that may aggravate your symptoms. Slowly resume normal activities as your symptoms improve.
Gently stretch your neck every day. Slowly move your head side to side and up and down.
Practice good posture. To avoid chronic pain, keep your computer at eye level when working.
Avoid placing your phone between your neck & shoulder.
Take frequent breaks while driving, or when using your smartphone. Don’t keep your neck bent forward too long.
Change your position frequently. Avoid sitting or standing in the same position for too many hours.
A gentle neck massage is recommended, especially in the sore or painful areas of the neck.
Sleep on a firm mattress with no pillow or with a special neck pillow.
Pay attention to your sleep positions. You should sleep on your back or side. You will often find yourself twisting your head for hours if you lie on your stomach.
To relieve pain, ask your doctor about a soft neck collar. Your doctor must approve you using a neck brace, collar or other neck support. They can make your symptoms worse if not properly used.
When To See A Doctor For Neck Pain
Consult your doctor if symptoms last more than one week and if you have other health issues. Seek medical attention immediately if you have suffered neck pain from an accident, fall, or other injuries.
Your doctor will provide medical advice and personalized treatment depending on your condition. Surgery rarely happens, unless severe issues arise.
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