Symptoms: pain starts from shoulder region then gradually spread to the neck. Headache would be encountered at later stage which indicates cervical spine dislocation. If there is osteophytes growth and nerve roots are irritated, pain and numbness would emerge along the upper limbs. Dizziness, photophobia and muscle atrophy would develop in severe cases.
Consequence: spine displacement, accelerates degenerative changes and form osteophytes.
Causes: chronic inflammation causes sustained pain and swelling.
Neck pain introduction:
Urbanites work for a long period of time with improper posture, causing a high muscle tension. Improper posture and high muscle tension induce an extra pressure on the neck and causes symptoms. However, many people do not treat neck pain seriously and do not seek for medical advice in due course. Neck pain can be associated with serious problems such as heart disease, arthritis, pulmonary tuberculosis, etc. Thus, early diagnosis and approach to appropriate treatment are very important.
Nutritions :vitamins B1, B6, B12 with magnesium and calcium supplements.
Medications: NSAIDs (with side effect of causing abdominal disorders, not suitable for long term use)
Physiotherapy: short wave diathermy, heat treatment, 2D cervical traction, interferential therapy, etc. would be used for muscles relaxation and symptomatic relief.
TENS: domestic use for symptomatic relief.
Heat treatment: hot pack or hot bath help promote blood circulation and release muscle tension.