Neck pain is extremely common. It tends to happen in about one out of three individuals once a year. It is more prevalent in females than males, and the likelihood of developing it rises with age. Neck pain arises in and around the cervical spine, which is located at the base of your head. It is a common symptom of various injuries and health problems. You could suffer from axial neck pain, which is experienced primarily in the neck, or radicular neck pain, which radiates into some other regions such as the arms or shoulders. The pain can be acute which lasts a few days to weeks, or chronic which may last longer than few months to years. If left unattended, neck pain can cause significant distress and mitigate your quality of life.Possible causes
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of medical conditions and injuries including:
Injury - Injury from the spontaneous forced movement of the head or neck and bounce back in the reverse direction can lead to aches and pains. Trauma injuries can impact the muscles, discs, ligaments, and vertebral joints in the spinal cord leading to neck pain.
Aging - As you get older, degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis (weakening of joint cartilage) and spinal stenosis (shrinking of the spaces in the spine) can cause neck pain. Pressure and movement can cause spinal disc deterioration over time, resulting in a bulging disc or pinched nerve.
Mental stress: Stiffening your neck muscles as a result of tension frequently results in neck pain.
Physical strain: Leveraging your neck muscles excessively during repetitive tasks or strenuous activities can cause tension and soreness.
Other factors like bad posture, frail abdominal muscles, being overweight, as well as several other medical conditions, can impair core strength and cause neck pain.
Symptoms of neck pain include pain that is often exacerbated by keeping your head in one position for long periods of time, muscle cramps and spasms, reduced flexibility to shift your head, and headache. The majority of neck pain improves progressively with at-home treatment. If not, you must consult our doctor.How 7DMC can help you?
With decades of experience, our team of qualified specialists in Dubai is competent in the treatment of all types of neck conditions. We are focused on ensuring your well-being at all times. Our team stays up to date on the latest medical techniques to ensure that you receive the highest quality care possible.
Our doctor will examine you and study your full medical history. You must discuss your signs and symptoms in detail. You should also inform them of any prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements you are taking.
The treatment for neck pain is determined by the diagnosis. Apart from a thorough physical exam, our specialist may also require one or more imaging studies like X-rays, CT scans, and/or MRI to identify the cause of pain. Based on the results, the treatment may include ice and heat therapy, stretching, exercise, and physical therapy, pain killers and muscle relaxants, etc. Alternative therapies may also include chiropractic treatment, massage, or acupuncture.
If your neck pain isn't getting better with home remedies, consult our doctor immediately to decide on the best course of action.