What are the symptoms and the remedies that can be taken in case of neck pain? We talked about it with the expert
Stiffness during movement, pain in the neck, dizziness are some of the typical symptoms of cervical pain. The cervical region is affected, consisting of a set of structures including the vertebrae, ligaments, muscles, intervertebral discs, which in addition to having the function of support, allow the movement of this area of the body. The alteration of one of these structures causes pain that can be felt for a short or long period.
- Symptoms and manifestations
- How to sleep?
- How long does cervical vertigo last?
- What remedies to take?
- What exercises can be done?
Neck pain is a very common ailment in the population, most often related to causes such as incorrect posture maintained for a long period. Just think of the time spent in the car or even in front of the computer, especially if you carry out an activity that involves sitting for a long time. Even traumas such as sports and accidental traumas, the classic whiplash that can occur following a road accident, or even making sudden movements, can generate neck pain.
There are also other risk factors that contribute to the onset of this disorder such as:
- changes in the spine;
- poor physical activity;
- excessive muscle tension caused by states of anxiety and stress.
In general, neck pain is not a serious condition. However, the issue should not be underestimated, especially in the presence of pain and symptoms that persist. In these cases it is good to consult a specialist to understand the triggering causes and undertake appropriate therapy as soon as possible.
To better understand this topic, we asked for a consultation with Dr. Andrea Genta, Physiotherapist.
Symptoms and manifestations
"You suffer from neck pain when there is, for example, rigidity in movement, or difficulty in performing certain gestures such as looking at the ceiling or the floor. In everyday life, a concrete example is when you are in your car and turn to look back. Furthermore, pain can also be felt by performing other combined movements such as looking up to the left or down to the right.
Therefore, at the base of cervical problems there are stiffness and pain that can be felt when certain movements are made.
How to sleep?
"As for sleep, it is important to specify that each case is unique. There are therefore those who find it beneficial to use softer pillows, while those who prefer firmer pillows. On the market you can find numerous specific devices (such as pillows or plasters) that can relieve neck pain. However, it must be emphasized that this is a temporary condition, in the sense that the "made to measure" pillow can help maintain the spine and find relief during the night, but in any case it is necessary to include a good program during the day and personal commitments ".
In fact, if you suffer from neck pain that persists even during the night, it is essential to make the necessary assessments and ask for the support of a physiotherapist or go to a specialized center.
How long does cervical vertigo last?
“Dizziness can be a symptom related to neck pain. They can appear immediately or afterwards and occur in certain positions or movements. In these cases it is useful to investigate by carrying out specific diagnostic tests and specialist medical visits ».
Acting as soon as possible is certainly one of the most effective tools we can use to prevent cervical pain from becoming disabling.
What remedies to take?
«Prevention is essential to keep cervical disorders at bay, even more so for those who maintain incorrect positions for a prolonged period of time. For example, staying in front of the computer for a long time with the head in front and the shoulders closed, does nothing but aggravate the neck pain. Among the remedies that can be adopted, it may be useful to combine daily activity with a good practice of cervical self-mobilization. In this way it will be possible to benefit ».
Prevention comes back even when it comes to cervical pain. True, treating the disorder is the first thing we want to do when we feel pain or can't make some movements as we should. But it is good to remember that anticipating it can be even more useful to avoid the appearance of disorders like these.
What exercises can be done?
"It is possible to insert some exercises within the daily activity to increase the movement of the cervical region and to maintain the stabilizing muscles, such as that of the upper trapezius or the paravertebral-cervical muscles, elastic and flexible. These exercises can be combined and practiced in the morning, in the evening, or during work. They are very useful both in the presence of pain (but to be done slowly and gently, without triggering it), and as a good habit for prevention. Specifically, the following exercises can be performed:
- while seated it is possible to mobilize the cervical region in flexion and extension by slowly looking towards the ceiling and towards the floor;
- to improve the rotation instead, try to turn the gaze to the right and to the left by performing the complete movement;
- to widen the lateral inclination, keeping the head neutral, bring the ear towards the shoulder and then try to replicate on the other side.
These simple and generic movements can be performed in up to 3 series of 10 repetitions in a gentle way "concludes the expert.
As we have seen, neck pain is very common and is often related to poor postural habits. To prevent symptoms from occurring, we can act by performing exercises aimed at strengthening muscle elasticity, as well as maintaining the correct posture and, in case of pain, intervening with personalized therapy.