Are there literally pains in your neck?
Think about balancing a 12-pound bowling ball on the tips of your fingers. 24 hours a day. It’s just one of the many things your neck is required to do. Your neck and shoulders have a big job. The slightest change in the positioning of the seven bones of the cervical spine (neck) can create pain and reduce the mobility of the head and neck. If the pain moves up, it can cause headaches, if it moves down it can cause pain and numbness in the shoulders, back and arms.
If you’re experiencing neck discomfort at home, here are some ways to manage the pain: Place ice on the painful area for 40 minutes, then remove the ice for 20 minutes before repeating. Check the pillow you sleep on. If it’s too flat it may be stretching your neck in an unnatural way. You can also use exercises to loosen tight muscles in the neck.
Give us a call if …
- Pain or stiffness in the neck doesn’t improve after several days;
- There is severe pain when you look to the left or the right;
- Over-the-counter pain medication is needed just to get through the day or is regularly used to treat pain;
- Constant pain in the neck is possibly a sign of a more serious condition;
- Pain that started in the neck has turned to numbness or tingling in the hands and wrists;
- Pain has started in the neck after an auto accident, fall, or some other type of trauma;
- You wake up with severe pain in the neck but it begins to feel better as the day progresses.
Text neck -- a modern spine ailment
The advent of mobile phones is causing text neck, the early onset of cervical spine degeneration. It happens when people young and old spend hours hunched over staring at electronic devices, putting a huge strain of the neck, shoulders, and spine.
The journal Surgical Technology International published a recent study that showed when a person stands or sits with their head looking forward, the head weighs 10 to 12 pounds on average. Tilt the head downward 15 degrees and it weighs about 27 pounds. Tilted at 30 degrees, the head can weigh nearly 40 pounds. If you’re hunched over at 60 degrees playing a video game, the head can put as much as a 60-pound strain on the neck.
Ways to avoid text neck pain
- Raise the mobile device: Instead of looking down at mobile devices, lift them to eye level;
- Give it a rest: Put the phone down for a while so the neck gets a break from the head-forward position. Or try lying on your back when texting to relieve pressure on the neck;
- Stand up straight: Pushing the shoulders back when standing will help keep the body aligned and in a neutral position;
- Stretch and arch: Ease muscle pain by periodically arching the neck and upper back. You’ll feel the difference;
- Staying fit helps: Keeping the body in shape will keep the back strong and flexible and better able to handle excess stress.
Your first visit
Patients will be examined so we can try to locate the source of pain. You’ll also be questioned about current symptoms and any remedies that have been attempted. These questions may help you be better prepared:
- When did the pain start?
- What medications or treatments have you received for the pain?
- Has the pain traveled to other parts of the body?
- Does anything reduce the pain, or does anything make it worse?
Physical and neurological exams will be performed as well. During the physical exam, we’ll observe posture, test range of motion, and exam physical conditioning, and note any movements that cause pain. We’ll examine the spine, noting curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasms, We’ll also check the shoulders. During the neurological exam, reflexes and muscle strength will be tested. We’ll also ask about other nerve changes and how pain has spread. If necessary, X-rays will be taken, or we’ll recommend CAT, MRI or EMG scans.
Call today for a free evaluation and consultation so we can help you get treatment for neck pain in Stamford, CT, with our Atlas Realignment techniques. It’s a non-invasive, non-surgical, safe, and gentle approach to relieving chronic neck pain.