Neck pain is one of the most frequent causes of medical consultation, both in primary and specialized care. It is estimated that at least 80% of the population will experience cervical pain at some point in their lives.
The diagnosis of neck pain is made by clinical evaluation of the patient. The doctor will seek to identify risk factors and underlying causes of neck pain. Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, may be ordered to rule out other causes of neck pain, such as disc disease or cervical osteoarthritis.
Neck pain treatment depends on the underlying cause of neck pain and may include a combination of therapies. Some of the treatment options include:
The application of heat in neck pain can be beneficial to relieve pain and stiffness in the cervical area. The heat can help increase blood flow and relax tense and tight muscles.
Manual therapy may be useful in some cases to reduce pain and improve cervical mobility.
Physical therapy can help relieve neck pain and improve mobility and strength in the neck. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be helpful in some cases.
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation in the cervical area.
Injections with corticosteroids in trigger points can help reduce inflammation and pain in the cervical area in some specific cases.
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