Poor posture strains the neck muscles resulting in neck pain. Osteoarthritis lists are one of the common causes of neck pain.
Seek medical aid for neck pain with numbness or hands or pain that shoots into a shoulder or down an arm.
Some signs are:
- Pain that is frequently made worse by keeping the head still for extended periods, such as when driving or using a computer
- Stiffness and spasms in the muscles
- Decreased head movement ability
When to consult the doctor?
If you have severe neck pain after suffering an injury, such as a fall, a diving accident, or an automobile accident, get medical help immediately.
Seek medical aid if it;
- Is serious
- Continues for days without relief
- Extends the arms or legs
- Having a headache, numbness, weakness, or tingling accompanying the neck pain
Causes for neck pain
The most frequent reasons for neck pain include:
- During sleep, the neck might lock in an uncomfortable posture
- Improper posture, such as when seated for an extended time at a desk
- A strained nerve
- An injury, such as whiplash sustained after a collision or a tumble
Self-care to ease the pain
- Take ibuprofen or paracetamol, or apply ibuprofen gel to your neck
- Utilize a low, firm pillow
- Compress heat or cold packs over the neck
- Keep moving and carry out your regular daily tasks as much as you can to keep active
Preventing a neck pain
Neck pain is a result of poor posture and aging-related wear and tear. Maintain a neutral head position over your spine to help prevent neck pain. Your daily routine can benefit from some easy tweaks.
Think about trying to:
- Stay in a good posture
- Take frequent breaks while having a long voyage
- Adjust the desk and chair while working
- Quit smoking
- Avoid carrying heavy objects
- Stay healthy
- Sleep in a proper posture
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022