Our neck consists of vertebrae that extend from the neck to the upper torso. Between the vertebrae are special discs that absorb pressure. Bones, ligaments and muscles located in the neck — all are working in order to support the head and move. Any anomaly, trauma or inflammation in the cervical spine leads to pain.
What to do if a sore neck? Indeed, from time to time it happens to everyone. Often this is due to stress or wrong posture. Sometimes the pain can be the consequence of injuries from a fall or playing sports.
Most often to get rid of neck pain could for a couple of days at home without additional tools, if it is quite minor, then goes away by itself. Sometimes it may be a warning of serious injury and illness and requires immediate specialist examination. If the pain in the cervical spine is strong, persists over weeks and is accompanied by other symptoms, immediately consult a doctor.
When sore neck? This may be due to a number of reasons.
Most often this is due to:
Our neck is particularly vulnerable to falls, car accidents, sports and other activity, during which the muscles are forced to go beyond the usual range of motion. When fracture of the cervical vertebrae, the probability that the spinal cord is also damaged.
Neck pain can be a symptom of heart attack. However, usually in such cases it appears together with other symptoms, such as:
If you notice several of these symptoms, call an Ambulance immediately.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the thin sheath of spinal cord and brain. In many cases, patients with meningitis, along with fever and headache note the discomfort and stagnation in the neck. This is a very dangerous disease that can cause death. If you say the symptoms of meningitis, immediately consult a doctor.
In rare cases neck pain may occur as a result of:
If symptoms persist for more than a week, you should consult with a specialist. Also need to go to the hospital if you have the following symptoms:
Also, seek immediate medical attention if pain was the result of a fall or crash.
First the doctor will check your physical condition and medical history. Be prepared to talk about all the nuances of manifesting symptoms. It is also worth to mention about all the medications you have taken recently. Any information about existing injuries, even if you think that it is irrelevant to the problem would be helpful.
The method of treatment depends on the diagnosis. In addition to the overall inspection and analysis of your medical records, the doctor may also order additional tests:
Depending on test results your doctor will refer you to the appropriate specialist. Treatment may include:
Alternative treatment is:
Whatever treatment, make sure that appealed to a certified specialist.
If the pain is minor, try the following treatment methods:
During operation, try to keep the monitor was at eye level, sit up straight, keep your back straight, do not recurvus and don't hang your head too low. While you are driving or surfing the Internet try to give myself a little rest periods to cervical vertebrae did not go too far ahead.
The key to getting rid of pain — the right moves and proper stretching. The following exercises for the back and neck can be done at work and driving:
If you are often concerned about pain in the cervical spine, you should carefully relates to in what circumstances and in what position you sleep. Try to sleep only on your side or back — never sleep on your stomach.
When you sleep on your stomach, turn your head to one side or the other and neck freezes for a few hours in an uncomfortable position. This dream may have a negative impact on the lower back, as you are not the stomach "falls" down.
When the minor pain along with exercises, follow these guidelines:
Yoga is another good way to get rid of pain.
Conveniently sit on the floor or on a chair with a straight back, shoulders relaxed, neck extended. Pull your right hand so that she was shoulder height, and bring it to the left. Turn your head, look over your right shoulder. This pose allows you to stretch the muscles of the neck and back of shoulders. Hold this position for 8-10 breaths, then repeat the same with left hand.
Get on all fours, knees at an angle relative to the thighs. Extend your left arm forward and slide right under it. Get down on the floor right shoulder and cheek. Close your eyes, relax, think about stretching the muscles of the shoulders, arms, upper back and neck. Hold this position for 8-10 breaths, then repeat the same with left hand.
Stand or sit in a comfortable position, spine straight, the neck is extended. Extend both arms so that they were shoulder width and shoulder height. Bend your right hand to the head and slide your left hand under the right. Bend and wrap the left hand around the right. The ultimate goal is to touch hands. It may take some time, so if you have not, then place your left hand over the right wrist. Breathe deeply. Lower the shoulders, gently pull the hands from your face and slowly rotate the head toward the left shoulder. This pose allows you to stretch the muscles of the arms, shoulders, upper back and neck. Hold this position for at least 5 breaths (ideally 10). Repeat with the other side.
Conveniently sit on the floor or on a chair with a straight back, shoulders relaxed, neck extended. Lower your chin to your chest, then slowly lower your head to the right, trying to touch right ear to right shoulder. Dip the fingertips of his left hand on his left shoulder and right hand over the left ear. The harder you push your hands to the shoulder and the ear, the more stretch muscles. This exercise from the pain in my neck and shoulders. Repeat with the other side.
Stand or sit in a comfortable position, keep the back straight. Place the fingertips on the shoulders. Bring your elbows towards each other in front of the body to stretch the shoulders and upper back. Up — to stretch the triceps. In the side — to stretch the chest and front shoulders. Stretch the elbows to each other on the back to stretch the deep muscles of the shoulders and chest.
Get on all fours, knees at an angle relative to the thighs. On every breath deflect back, gaze directed at the ceiling. Each time you exhale pull your chin to your chest, pull your tailbone under him, his back rounded. This exercise helps to stretch the muscles of the neck, chest, shoulders, back and waist. Hold each position for 8-10 breaths-exhalations.
Stand or sit in a comfortable position, keep the back straight. Raise your right hand up, elbow bent and push between the shoulder blades. The left palm, place the right elbow and gently press to enhance the stretching of the muscles. This pose allows you to stretch the muscles of the shoulders, triceps, back, and neck. Hold the position for 8-10 breaths. Repeat with the other side.
Stand straight with feet shoulder width apart. Pull the hands back and soprikosnites hands. Raise your hands as high as possible, until then, until you feel the stretch the front part of the shoulders. Hold the position for 8-10 breaths.
Sit on the floor, legs pull in front or bend at the knees. Place a small pile of two blankets or yoga block behind you so that when you lean back, one was between the shoulder blades and the other under my head. Descend back on the blocks, keep your hands relaxed at the sides of the torso. This pose allows you to stretch the muscles of the neck and chest and front part of the shoulders. Hold the position for 8-10 breaths.