September 29, 2013

Neck Pain

There is nothing more frustrating than waking in the morning with a “crick” in your neck. Neck pain can be debilitating when left untreated. Whether you woke up with a sore neck, injured it in a motor vehicle accident, or over did it in the weekend football game it can be bothersome and can interfere with your quality of life. It is important to isolate what is causing your pain, when it started, and how it started. Differentiating the type of pain is important for the clinician. There are 3 types of pain: somatic, visceral and neuropathic. A trained clinician will evaluate your symptoms and review your history of the problem to better diagnose your ailment and give you a recommendation for treatment. A majority of the time people who present with neck pain have contracted musculature in the cervical spine which impedes movement of the joints in the neck. This decrease in joint motion decreases the bodies ability to withstand pain (pain threshold is lowered), so when pressure is applied over the area they experience an increase in pain. It is important to find a clinician/therapist who understands this adaptive human behavior to better evaluate you and give treatment recommendations.

Neck pain has also been directly related to headaches. Once the vicious cycle of muscle contraction begins in the cervical region blood supply and nervous tissue can be compromised that supply the base of the skull. Medications may help to reduce the pain but little is done to address the problem. Once a course of pain medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, or even steroidal anti-inflammatory medication have run their course, joints may still be not functioning to their capability and muscle spasms may persist. Having a clinician or therapists address these issue is imperative to helping you resolve your issues.