All of us have suffered from (or will suffer from) neck pain at some point in our lives. It only takes sitting in a bad position, carrying too much weight or even moving in an awkward way for neck pain to appear.
However, in some cases, this slight discomfort may become chronic. Aspects such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc herniations can make the pain more persistent and, therefore, disabling.
We recommend you always put yourself in the hands of appropriate professionals. Sometimes a good physiotherapist can perform real miracles.
However, almost 90% of neck pain eventually disappears on its own. In fact, sometimes a good night’s sleep or a good rest are much better than a painkiller.
Here are 5 facts about this common ailment that will help you.
1. Neck pain and dizziness
Dizziness can have a variety of causes. However, weakness, loss of balance or disorientation in patients between 60 and 70 years is almost always due to a common cause: neck pain.
Dizziness is often caused by neurological disorders associated with mechanical neck disorders, which arises are associated with age. This type of dizziness is called “cervicogenic dizziness.”
Sometimes, many people associate this type of dizziness with weakness, a bad day or tiredness. However, the cause of this is due to a spinal problem. For example, a sharp turn or poor movement may cause dizziness or fainting.
Furthermore, you may also experience vision problems, nausea, and vomiting. Although this isn’t a serious health problem, it causes a lot of distress and anxiety. Therefore, it’s necessary that you go and see a doctor before you experience any further problems.
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2. Muscle spasms and stress
You’ve surely gotten a headache and a stiff neck at the end of a day’s work.
These are classic symptoms of a muscle spasm problem which is almost always due to the following fatal combination: stress and poor posture.
- This problem usually lasts between a couple of days or a week, at most. However, we can hardly do anything during this time.
- We also can’t forget something important: stress itself triggers neck pain.
It increases the stiffness of the neck muscles, hinders flexibility and tightens the nerves in this area until it eventually spreads to the head. In addition, if we maintain a bad posture for hours, then the problem intensifies.
3. Cervical osteoarthritis (neck arthritis): a common problem
Neck arthritis affects a small part of the younger population; however, it affects almost 90% of people over 65.
- Cervical spondylosis is a very common degenerative disease. The joints in this area wear out and it is common to feel stiffness, dizziness and neck pain.
- In addition, this problem is accompanied by a tingling sensation and a loss of strength in one arm or hand.
- The only positive information about this incurable disease is that its progress is slow. In addition, there are treatments that can offer us a good quality of life.
4. Herniated discs: disabling and painful
Although herniated discs are less frequent than lumbar hernias, their progress can be equally problematic.
- When you suffer from a herniated disc this means that your spine loses its flexibility and elasticity. Furthermore, the ligaments surrounding the discs become brittle and tear, which causes neck pain, back pain and difficulty in moving.
- In addition to pain and stiffness in the neck, you may also feel the loss of sensitivity in the upper extremities and you may experience dizziness.
- According to experts, effective treatments for herniated discs are medication, rest, and rehabilitation. However, the only option is surgery in more severe cases.
5. Get enough sleep to prevent neck pain
A deep and restful sleep of between 8 and 10 hours alleviate, most importantly, the classic muscle spasms associated with stress.
Moreover, bear in mind that chronic insomnia increases the risk of various musculoskeletal disorders.
So, try to take care of your sleep regimen by using appropriate pillows and a firm mattress that conforms to your body.
Having said that, it’s also necessary for you to sleep in a comfortable position if you have neck pain. Here are some simple guidelines.
- Don’t sleep on your stomach.
- Avoid using a pillow that twists your neck.
- Specialists recommend using a rolled up towel and placing it just below your shoulders. You’ll see how relieved you feel when you wake up the next morning.
In conclusion, although neck pain is a very common condition among the population, it can always be treated.
Something as simple as taking care of our postural axis, our sleep hygiene and always seeking the advice of the appropriate health specialists, if need be, can help us to have a better quality of life.