As per anatomy cervical has two meanings: neck and cervix. The neck is pertaining to any neck problems and cervix is the neck of the uterus i.e. the female cervix. Cervical problem arises out of poor lifestyle.

Neck pain problems

Everyone goes through a neck pain at some point in their lives; it’s one of the common problems. It is caused through any spinal problem and it is felt through the neck. It may arise due to muscular tightness in both neck and the upper back or pinching of nerve tissues by cervical vertebrae. The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, if this support is affected adversely then that also leads to a neck pain.

  • The causes of neck pain:

    The most common causes of neck pain include:

    • Poor Sleeping posture
    • Stress – physical or emotional
    • Falls or minor injuries during an accident or sports events
    • Referred pain due to upper back problems
    • Muscular strain
    • Whiplash
    • Herniated disc
    • Pinched nerve
    • Weight

Neck pain can also be caused by infections such as virus infection in the throat leading to swelling in throat gland. It can also be caused from rare infection such as tuberculosis of neck, bone infection of the spine in the neck and meningitis accompanied by stiff neck.

  • Treatments for neck pain:

    Treatment of neck pain depends upon its cause. Most commonly, people try to treat it by applying heat or cold. The different methods of treating neck pain are:

    • Conservative Methods:

      For some of the acute and chronic mechanical problems, exercise and joint mobilization are proven to be beneficial. Laser treatments are also done to reduce the neck pain.

    • Medicines:

      There are several medicines to reduce the neck pain. People also opt for over-the counter topical creams and patched for less severe neck pain.

    • Surgery:

      Surgery is very rare in mechanical neck pain. It will be required mostly for treating cancer or other diseases.

Neck pain problems can be prevented by maintaining good posture while you are sleeping, working or driving for long hours. When you are working for long hours try to take breaks in between and stretch your shoulder muscles.