Severe Neck Pain Causes And Treatment
There many causes for severe head and neck pain, the most common are:
- Consistent incorrect posture when standing, sitting or reading;
- Muscle pulling due to too heavy weight lifting or too rapid stretching;
- Neck blow;
- Various types of injuries like car accident, falling to the ground, etc;
- Bad position during sleeping;
- Degenerated or ruptured cervical disc;
- Nerve dysfunction;
- Bone spur;
- Spondylosis, and other conditions.
Sometimes there is no obvious cause, or several things take place.
If you experience a severe localized neck pain, then you can simply apply an ice pack to bring a relief to you neck. Keep it for around 15 minutes and repeat it for few times a day. This will reduce inflammation and painful sensation. You can do this for 2-3 days if you feel like it will be god for you. After that put some hot compress on your neck to restore blood circulation and make your neck muscles relaxed. Hot compress should be kept for 15 minutes as well. But keep in mind that heat can cause/increase swelling.
A cervical pillow or a feather pillow can be used to bring relief to your aching neck. Tuck a small towel roll under your neck to support it. There is no single best pillow for everyone, just go for one you feel the most comfortable with.
To improve your condition and prevent further neck pains, you need to implement a regular physical activity into your daily life. There are many good exercises that can work nicely for you. The most popular treatment for severe neck pain is the following exercises:
1. Side stretches – take a comfortable standing or sitting position; move your head to the sides slightly, try to get your ear close to the shoulder, with the shoulder kept down. Do it few times to each side then relax.
2. Chin tuck – take the same initial position as in the #1; put your shoulder blades together and bring your chin back to make it in line with your hip and shoulder; the eyes should look straight, not down or up. Do not push your back too hard, and keep your shoulders down. Relax and hold for 5-20 seconds.
3. Turning is a good exercise for your back and neck. The same position as in #1; keep your shoulders relaxed and down, then turn your head to one side slowly, then to the other side; try to do the exercise in a relaxed state. Hold in each position for 5-10 seconds.
These simple exercises can bring a good relief to your severe neck pain, but remember that if you feel that your neck pan increased while doing them, stop immediately and apply a cold compress. Consulting with your doctor about this condition is a good idea too; it should be done for sure if the pain persists.