How to treat neck pain effectively

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Overview of neck pain

  • Neck pain is a general condition that will affect the majority of people at some stage in their lives. Several different things can result in neck pain, which is generally not the sign of a more severe condition.
  • Generally, the pain frequently spreads from the neck to the back or shoulders, and it regularly causes headaches.

General causes 

  • Bad posture (the way your body is located when sitting or standing)
  • Sleeping in an uncomfortable position
  • Anxiety
  • Injury such as a muscle spasm
  • Extended use of a laptop or PC
  • Arthritis
  • Pain as part of normal aging

Uncommon causes 

  • Injury to the spinal cord, vertebrae or nerves in the neck
  • Meningitis
  • Cancer

When to consult a doctor

  • At first, the pain is increasing
  • The pain doesn’t seem to fade even after a week
  • You have lack of feeling, prickling or pins and needles in your legs or arms
  • In addition, you start having problems with your bowel or bladder
  • Lastly, high temperature with neck pain.

Suspicion of Premeditated Damage

  • If there is any doubt that these symptoms were caused intentionally and were not the effect of an accident, you should look for help from a healthcare expert as soon as possible.
  • This can be a nurse or GP at an emergency center or doctor surgery.

Related video

FACT CHECK

https://www.healthline.com/symptom/neck-pain

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

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