Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 10:24 PM
Monday, July 5, 2010
Most cases of neck pain can be confidently diagnosed and treated without any special tests. Very occasionally your GP may ask for an x-ray out other important causes of neck pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis or an infection.
If your pain is very bad, or if it spreads into your arm or have dizzy spells, your GP may send you to see a specialist. The specialist may be a rheumatologist, orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, depending on the problem, further tests may be needed, such as x-rays, blood tests, An MRI scan will only be done if there is a suggestion that there is a nerve (or nerves) being pinched in the neck, and if further treatment is being considered. A specialist may recommend injections into certain parts of the neck, but only once is it clear exactly where the pain is coming from. Surgery is very rarely needed-only in severe cases or nerve or spinal cord involement.
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 11:30 PM
Friday, May 14, 2010
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 1:17 AM
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 12:41 AM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Figure 4 shows some simple stretching and strengthening exercises. Gently tense your neck muscles for a few seconds in each position. It you do this every day, the neck movements with increase your muscles strength.
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 2:31 AM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 11:44 PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
You can take simple painkillers such as paracetamol. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, available at chemists, often help but can sometimes cause indigestion, so be careful if you have a history of stomach upsets. As an alternative you can rub anti-inflammatory gels or ctreams onto tender areas with less risk to the digestion.
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 9:37 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 1:34 AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Sometimes if you have neck pain you may also have muscle spasms that turn the head to one side. This is called torticollis. Although not very common, it is an unpleasant side-effect of neck pain. It usually lasts only a few hours or days, although rarely it may cuntinue for several weeks.
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 11:52 PM
Friday, January 1, 2010
Sometimes if you have neck pain you may also have muscle spasms that turn the head to one side. This is called torticollis. Although not very common, it is an unpleasant side-effect of neck pain. It useally lasts only a few hours or days, although rarely it may continue for several weeks.
Posted by C.L.Reginold at 8:05 PM