Emergency

Can neck pain be a sign of something serious?

Hi,
this Dr. Salam and I practice at One Care Medical Center and International Ortho hospital in Coimbatore. Neck pain is an exceedingly common orthopedic issue and it affects both men & women of all age groups.

In this short read, I am going to tell you everything about neck pain and other associated neck disorders.

Neck pain issues are fairly common. Common causes of neck pain can occur due to an incorrect posture or while hunching back over the laptop.
Neck pain may signal something serious if there is sever shooting/radiating pain associated with numbness in the arm. This is when it would be wise to seek medical attention

Well known causes of neck pain

Muscle strain

A muscle strain can commonly result from spending prolonged hours spent on the computer hunched over or by a long-standing improper posture.

Nerve root compression

Another very common cause of neck pain includes nerve compression. Nerve compression can occur due to a disc bulge occurring in the neck/cervical region of the spinal column.

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash injuries commonly result from motor vehicle accidents and more commonly from rear-end collisions. In these injuries, the neck forcibly flexes backward and forward thereby straining the muscles/ligaments in the neck region.

Certain medical conditions

like cancer, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & meningitis can also lead to severe neck pain.

Diagnosis of neck pain

Your orthopedic consultant will do a full-fledged physical exam to ascertain the cause of neck pain. The range of motion of your neck will also be assessed.

Neck pain treatment

pulley’s, weights and other devices that can provide some relief in the event of nerve root compression.

Steroid injections, which are rarely used when conventional therapy fails.

How to prevent neck pain?