Dealing With Neck Injuries

dealing with neck injuries

You know the feeling. You turn your neck to look behind you and crack. You get an annoying crick in your neck that makes you move like a statue for days. Some neck injuries are easy to heal while others are more serious. Let’s take a look at some different neck conditions and how to deal with them.

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Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis is a general term for ‘wear and tear’. Cervical Spondylosis is a degenerative injury of the joints between the neural foramina, which are the small holes where nerves originate from, and the spinal vertebrae.

The majority of adults have some form of wear and tear, yet if you are experiencing discomfort because of it, it is advisable to see a physiotherapist as soon as possible because you don’t want to run the risk of the problem getting worse.

Some of the most common symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis include headaches, muscle spasms, neck stiffness, numbness or weakness of the arms, legs, fingers or hands, a constant deep ache that occurs in the shoulders and down the arms, and, of course, neck pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, physiotherapy treatment can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort while also ensuring a quick return to normal functionality. It will also prevent the problem from getting worse, as severe cases of Cervical Spondylosis can be extremely painful and can cause muscle weakness or paraesthesia.

As this is a degenerative injury, it cannot be fully cured, but proper management of the condition is essential. Regular physiotherapy sessions and effective self-care are the perfect combinations to ensure that Cervical Spondylosis does not have a big impact on your life. 

Nerve Root Pain

Nerve root pain in the neck can be extremely painful, and physiotherapy is the advised solution for anyone that finds themselves experiencing this issue. Sometimes rehabilitation is needed for severe cases. This condition occurs when the nerve is compressed when it exists from the cervical spine, which is your neck. This can occur as a result of the narrowing of the intervertebral foramen, which is a little hole between every vertebral level where the nerves exist in the spine or it can occur due to irritation of the cervical disc.

How can you tell if you have neck nerve root pain? This condition usually creates a burning pain, yet there are several different symptoms, with some people experiencing altered sensations, such as pains and needles and numbness in the hand and/or arm while pain can also be referred to the head. Aside from pain, limited functionality is also a common occurrence, with neck movement being restricted in most patients. As there are many different symptoms, the diagnosis stage is exceptionally important.

The length of the treatment depends on the severity of your condition, however, it usually only takes a couple of weeks for nerve root pain to be treated, and a professional will provide you with all of the advice and education you need to manage your condition effectively at home, so you can aid a fast recovery. 

Heal Your Neck Injuries

Whether you’re experiencing neck injuries as a result of age or injury, it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with. As with anything health or body related, if you think it’s more serious than a crick, contact your doctor for an exam.

Want more info on healing from injuries? Be sure to check out this post to help you focus on a healthy recovery.