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STAY A NECK AHEAD OF YOUR CHRONIC PAIN!
Neckpaincanbebothdebilitatingandterrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable,andsincetheneck issosensitiveto injury, it is importanttobeascarefulaspossible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredibletorealizehowcommonneckpain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons fortheneckpainareasvariedasthepopulation ofthenation itself. Injury,musclestrainandeven stresscancausesignificantpain intheneckand upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible forchronicheadaches likemigrainestodevelop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieveneckpain,butthebesttreatmentforyour personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced.
In some cases, Mechanical Neck Pain can developasaresultofachange intheneck joints. Thismaydevelopasaresultofadisccollapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by Radiculopathy , which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neckpain. It is importantthatyouneverassume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physicaltherapisttodeterminetheprecisecause of your pain and discomfort.
Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: Ifyourpain isdevelopinggraduallyovertimeand isnottheresultofanyparticular injurythatcomes tomind,then itmaybearesultof Degenerative Disc Disease . When this develops, you may experiencechronicneckpainasaresultoffluid- filledsacsthatarebecomingweakenedovertime asaresultofstressandstrain. Physicaltherapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative discdiseasebyhelpingrestorebloodcirculation and improve range of motion in the neck. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region. Sometimes,neckpaindevelopsafteraparticular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a resultofacaraccidentoraslipandfallaccident. Whenthishappens,yourpaincouldbearesultof amusclestrainorsprain.Whenthis isthecase, thenusing traditionalmethods likehotandcold therapyandtargetedphysicaltherapytreatment candoalotofgoodtoalleviatethepain.However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain.
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