Do you have neck pain? Your neck has muscles, namely gross motor muscles. These muscles allow you to move your neck and head in every direction with ease. When your neck is aching and the pain is unbearable, it makes it very hard for you to move your neck in any direction. It makes you uneasy and uncomfortable. Mainly, inflammation or injuries in the neck muscles or ligaments are the root cause behind the pain and stiffness.
Causes of Neck Pain
The most common cause is the straining of your neck muscles. This usually happens because of poor postures, accidentally jerking your neck while working out or lying under the air conditioner right after a sweaty work out session. Your body tends to get stiff, when you expose it to sudden temperature changes.
A neck injury after an accident, can be another cause of neck pain. It could be an indication of issues with your neck bones. There is a chance of a fracture as well.
Necks pains are typically not that severe and may heal in a week’s time. However, in some cases, neck injury can be alarming as well. Severe neck pain is a symptom of heart attack. It is important to note that if this symptom occurs with other heart attack symptoms, only then there is a high probability that they lead towards a heart attack. Other symptoms include, nonstop vomiting, excessive sweating and nausea. If you detect these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please know that it requires immediate medical attention.
Rheumatoid arthritis can also be a cause of neck pain. It is a long term condition in which your joints get stiff and ache a lot. It causes a lot of swelling in the bone spurs and can result in unbearable neck pain.
Taking pain relief medicines like Aspirin or Tylenol usually helps. It may vanish in a couple of days. If you spot redness and swelling, keep an icepack on your neck and shoulders. Or you could use a heating pad. Use either one of the two. Also, try getting a massage from a massage therapist. Make sure your neck aligns well with your body when you lie down. Use a neck pillow for sleeping and take hot water showers.
If you have tried every remedy there is and you still can’t find relief, you must seek medical help as soon as possible. We can guide you properly. Specialists thoroughly examine your condition, conduct blood tests, MRI scans or X rays. We go through a complete diagnosis process to ensure we put our finger on the right problem. You don’t know how severe your condition is, so it is better to get a proper checkup. After we have diagnosed the cause of your neck pain, we can recommend therapies, chiropractic treatment or acupunctures, depending on your condition.
To conclude, it is vital for you to consult a doctor if your pain is getting out of hand. While home remedies may successfully provide short term relief, they cannot be a long-term solution for the problem. In some cases, neck pain tends to reoccur. If that has happened with you, get in touch with us and we will help you with this condition. Make a decision before things get worse. Schedule your appointment with the best pain doctor in New York.
Matthew Grimm, MD