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Neck Pain Treatment In Delhi

Neck Pain

Neck pain, also referred as Cervical pain, is a medical condition which results from a number diseases or disorders related to the neck. Our neck is a fine-tuned network of muscles, nerves, joints and bones of the spinal cord and brain. Besides giving strength and stability, it plays a significant role in nerve communication.

Whys of Neck Pain

Let us learn now about the main causes of neck pain:

  • Strain or sprain that occurs due to injury to the neck muscles, tendons or ligaments.
  • Degenerative Disc Diseasewhich results from damage to the spine discs or also due to aging.
  • Whiplash - a soft tissue injury to the neck.
  • Herniated Spine Disc, also referred as Slipped disc - a condition which occurs due to wear and tear of intervertebral disc.
  • Pinched Nerve – painful sensation or numbness due to increased pressure on the nerves.
  • Some general infections such as viral infection of the throat leads to lymph node swelling resulting in neck pain.
  • Meningitis, which is often accompanied by neck stiffness.
  • Wrong positioning of the neck while sleeping.

How to ascertain that you have Neck Pain?

Though the signs & symptoms associated with neck pain vary widely from one individual to another, the most common ones include:

  • Stiffness in the neck.
  • Weakness, numbness or tingling sensation in the arm or hand.
  • Sharp pain that feels like stinging or stabbing in the lower levels of neck.
  • Radiating pain that travels from neck towards the arms and shoulder.
  • Difficulty in holding or lifting objects with perfect grip.
  • A pinched nerve in the neck sometimes also causes pain that radiates upwards to the head, resulting in tension headache.

How is Neck Pain diagnosed?

  • Initial evaluation through physical examination and medical history.
  • Blood and urine investigations to find out any underlying conditions.
  • X-ray is done to find out the areas where nerves might be getting pressed.
  • CT scan or MRI that help in detecting problems related to herniated discs or tissues, muscles, tendons, nerves, bones and ligaments.
  • Myelogram for finding out issues related to nerve roots and spinal canal.
  • NCV (Nerve Conduction Studies) and EMG (Electromyography) that help in revealing nerve problems leading to pain and numbness in the arm and shoulders.

How to get rid of Neck Pain?

Following treatment options are known to provide relief from neck pain:

  • Medical Management- Pain medications are initially given to provide relief from mild pain.
  • Physical Therapy- This is the most common and traditional way of treating patients with neck pain due to spine inflammation.
  • Steroid Injections- Corticosteroid medications or numbing medicines are injected near the nerve roots to relieve neck pain.
  • Surgical Treatment -  In case the pain continues for a longer period and is getting worse with time, then your doctor may suggest you to undergo surgery. A herniated disc, bone spur or spinal cord compressionare treated by minimally invasive spine surgery which requires hospitalisation for few days.
  • Alternative Therapies like chiropractic manipulation for the cervical spine, acupuncture, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and relaxation techniques also help in reducing pain, improving motion and reinstating normal function of the head and neck region.

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