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Neck Pain: Symptoms and Care Tips

About


A common condition causing pain or stiffness in the neck.
The estimated 1 year incidence of neck pain from available studies ranges between 10.4% and 21.3% with a higher incidence noted in office and computer workers.


- Usually self-diagnosable and self-treatable
- Rarely requires imaging or x-ray
- Often an acute problem

Neck pain has become a common condition affecting several people worldwide. Mostly the condition arises due to poor posture, hunching and excessive work on laptops and computers. In itself, it is rarely serious and can often rectify itself soon.


Symptoms


Self-diagnosable: Pain in the neck which may worsen with exertion
Stiffness in the neck
Pain during movement of neck
Tightness in shoulders
Headaches
In case you experience numbness or shooting pain in the arms, consult a doctor immediately.


Treatment



Self-care: Maintain a good posture at all times and avoid hunching or slouching.


Medicines: OTC pain relievers can be taken to ease the pain. In addition, topical gels can also be used to ease inflammation.
Stretching exercises: Be sure to gently stretch your neck and do light exercises frequently in the day, especially when working on a laptop.


Sleeping posture: Choose a good pillow to give your neck the support it needs at night.
Specialists: In case of other concerns you can consult a physician. At mfine, we offer holistic treatment plans for various health ailments.

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