Common Causes Of Pain

NECK PAIN

Tips and Pearls of neck pain

  • Acute Cervical Disc Prolapse
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Tuberculous Infection
  • Cervical Rib
  • Whiplash Injury

Acute Cervical Disc Prolaps

  • Not an uncommon condition.
  • Affects mainly young adults.
  • May occur when the person tries to turn in bed and the head and body do not turn together.
  • Associated with severe neck, shoulder and arm pain.
  • Diagnosis is by MRI.
  • Consult a specialist

Treatment in Acute Stage

  • Wear a collar
  • If pain increases on looking down, avoid using pillow.
  • If pain increases on looking up use a pillow.
  • Local heat / Gentle massage help in relieving pain.

Cervical Spondylosis

  • Common cause of neck pain in middle age. Due to wear and tear changes in the neck bones. Causes pain in neck, which may radiate to shoulder and arm. May be associated with feeling of pins and needles in hand, weakness or tiredness.
  • X-rays and MRI reveal the diagnosis.
  • To be differentiated from pain referred from cardiac conditions by stress test.
  • Treatment is usually medical in form of pain relieving medicines, local heat, collar and physiotherapy.

Treatment in Acute Stage

  • Wear a collar
  • If pain increases on looking down, avoid using pillow.
  • If pain increases on looking up use a pillow.
  • Local heat / Gentle massage help in relieving pain.
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