You get up in the morning and feel a little stiffy pain and ache around the neck. It feels like minor hard and cricky pain, you know this pain may go away about 1 or 2 hours. You push it aside and continue with your morning busy routine, your pain relief can wait as a fifth priority of the day.
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”. There are seven subtypes of pain based on their neuropsychological basis and duration, including:
(a) Neuropathic; (b) Nociceptive; (c) Psychogenic; (d) referred; (e) phantom; (f) acute and (g) chronic pain.
Chronic pain is very common, with one in three Americans reported to suffer from this chronic ailment. It is one of the most frequent reasons for patients to seek medical care. If untreated chronic pain can lead to physical and social dysfunction and reduced quality of sleep and work.
Successful pain relief supplies right amount of analgesia without much adverse effects. Current pain relief strategies largely use the World Health Organization (WHO) pain ladder, which begins with non-opioid medicines, such as NSAIDs (Non Steroid Anti-Inflammation Drugs). moving up to weak opioids, and then strong opioids for cancer pain. Clinicians also suggest adjuvant therapies with anti-depressants to help in lower anxiety often accompanied with chronic pain.
Cervical neck pain may be caused by cervical nerve root compression where a “herniated” cervical disc protruded and applied pressure on the root of a nerve. The patient suffers progressive pain, moving down to shoulder and arm. The patient lifts his arm to reach his head relieving his pain, because it puts less pressure on the affected nerve. Most adults over 40, do have some types of cervical discs defects, but they may not have any painful symptoms. Common symptom is the numbness of the middle finger related to nerve root C7.
TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN
These simple effective neck movements that concentrates on alleviating muscular tensions around neck area can be done twice a day for a 1-2 minute period. The light exercises will make you feel comfortable and relieve pain.
Start with sitting in correct posture for neck stretches. Sit with back straight elongated, lifting the top crown of your head towards the ceiling, and relaxing your shoulders. Perform shoulder rolls in circular motion for 20 seconds. Relax your shoulder muscles. If your pain becomes more severe, you need to see a physical therapist or a doctor, don’t wait, listen to your body, it is telling you something is not normal.
Sometimes, you need to take Aleve, or Advil as common medication for pain relief, take medications with food to protect your stomach. Most patients will improve with non surgical procedure, because surgery is the last resort of treatment. If the muscle weakness and feeling of numbness progress in more severe issues then you need stronger medicines or treatments.
Most important, you need to relieve neck pain with multi-modal treatment. Use anti-inflammation to reduce the swelling, pain medications to give you ability to move, physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
About Pain And Wellness Clinic, Pinellas Park, FL
Our clinic has doctors with total more than 50 years experiences. Our first doctor is orthopedic surgeon. Our second doctor has more than 25 years treating chronic pain and also specializes in addiction treatment. They treats people with a wide variety of spinal conditions of the neck and back. Our primary goal as a physician is to help patients obtain some relief from their ailments so they can keep doing what they love, and he strongly believes in exhausting all conservative means to treat a wide variety of spinal conditions of the neck and back. Our clinic does not have surgery procedure.
If you’re suffering from chronic neck, Cervical or back pain, you can call our office NOW 727 548-1111 to discuss your MRI findings and set up an appointment with our staff. We review your MRI findings F R EE of charge.