A cervicalgia refers to a pain that occurs around the neck. This pain may extend to the head, body, or arms 1. The duration of neck pain varies according to the type of it such as acute, subacute, and chronic. Acute neck pain typically lasts less than 7 days, while subacute lasts over 7 days but less than 3 months. And chronic neck pain has a duration of 3 months or more.
Symptoms of cervicalgia depend upon the extent of the injury. These includes:
Kyphosis, a spinal disorder that affects the posture of an individual;
How do Neurosurgeons treat cervicalgia?
Treatment of cervicalgia depends on the cause and symptoms of the patients. Most patients with cervicalgia respond well to non-surgical and conservative treatment. Patients can perform these treatments at home. The treatment protocol includes 5:
Medications: Medicines may include pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain and inflammation;
Physical therapy: It includes mobilization exercises to strengthen the muscles of the neck;
Application of ice packs to the affected area for up to 15 minutes several times a day can help to reduce the inflammation;
Application of warm compression (heat) for up to 20 minutes can ease muscle tension and boost healing;
Using a neck collar will restrict the movement of the neck and support the head;
Acupuncture and chiropractic care show their effectiveness sometimes;
Cervicalgia will typically go away after some weeks. If the pain persists for a longer period, people should make an appointment with doctors for further decision. Neurosurgeons may suggest surgery to reduce discomfort in serious condition.
Though we can’t prevent all cases of cervicalgia, but some strategies can reduce the risk of this condition. These include:
Avoid activities that cause neck strain;
Give rest to the neck as much as possible during long time working;
Avoid poor posture immediately;
Sleep in an excellent position;
Avoid carrying a heavy bag over your shoulder;
Adjust your chair, table, and computer in an eye level to avoid neck pain;
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