Recently I was surfing on hub pages. I came across this question that was posed by Pisethz a few years back....
"Neck pain for 10 years. Follow all the practice from doctors' advice but still cannot get rid of it. What is the problem? Just try yoga for one week now......"
Pain is a real thing. For myself, when I have a simple paper cut - it really bothers me. In fact I can tell you that the last three times i hurt myself un- intentionally, I remember it. Lets see:
- - I burned myself on the left arm as I was taking a casserole out of the oven
- - I cut my left thumb as I was slicing tomatoes
- - I threw my back and neck out after a violent sneeze
For me personally, pain is a real thing and my threshold is very low. So when I read about a person with neck pain for 10 years, I really sympathized with them.
--The Reasons for Chronic Neck Pain are Many
- a car accident
- a fall
- whiplash type of injury
- Improper posture
- overuse injury
- a sports injury
- a chronic condition like fibromyalgia
- Sitting on Computer Everyday
- violent sneeze
- using your computer, tablet or cell phone regularly with your head down
Chronic Neck Pain is no Fun and sometimes it appears there is no end in sight. Here are some solutions for neck pain to try.
I realize its been a few years since you posted this onto on hubpages. Hopefully you have had some resolution to your neck pain.
I have one pillow recommendation for you. Its called the arc4life cervical linear traction pillow- and it's not like the regular pillows you might be used to. In fact, it might even cause you some soreness, tightness & muscle spasms in the beginning.
What I find effective about this pillow is that not only gives your neck support, but it also gently stretches your neck as well. The contours on the pillow allow for proper alignment in the cervical spine.
Anyway, just a suggestion from someone who helps patients with neck pain. If you need further suggestion or advice,send me an email right here on the Pain Relief Blog- I could suggest some other things based on what you have going on.
Also keep in mind that this is just a pillow- this is one thing that may "help" your condition- often times you need to be doing a combination of things.But sometimes, if you have find just one thing that gives you some resolution, it can be starting point- and then you move on from there.
Another thing to try for 4-5 weeks is neck traction at home. Stretching your neck, and steadily increasing your weight per session is key. Doing this under the guidance of a professional such as a physical therapist or chiropractic is suggested.Often times, your Dr. may recommend a course of traction in the office. This is a good idea because then you can make sure that you are doing the traction correctly. In that way, you are less likely to have soreness in the muscles and see improvement in your condition.
In addition to doing neck traction and using a special support pillow, I would recommend therapy such as heat to help relax the muscles. You can also use a tens unit in conjunction with that.
Finally, doing neck stretches is important for increasing your range of motion in the c spine. Normal motions in the c spine include: flexion, extension, rotation, and lateral flexion. Doing neck stretches will increase your flexibility and decrease overall tightness.
Chiropractor Showcases some simple neck exercises
The Importance of Seeing a Professional
Having a chronic condition like neck pain can cause someone a lot of strife in their daily life. It can not only impact your activities of daily living, but it can cause emotional, and social stress as well.
Seeing a professional is important. Whether its your family doctor, an osteopath, or a chiropractor. Especially if this is do to a car accident or a fall, its even more imperative that you see someone. They will do a proper consultation: ask you the OPQRST about your problem. The how, why, where, when's about your pain. They will be able to gather a timeline to see how this started, and what are the symptoms.
Keep in mind that seeing a professional also notates that you are having pain- you are creating a timeline. You can assess later: how long has this pain been going on? What treatments provided relief? How has the pain changed over the years? Is the pain different now?
Second,they will do an exam. They will check your vitals, your range of motion and do appropriate orthopedic testing. This can also involve a neurological exam where they check the sensory, motor and reflex aspect of your pain.
Third, they will refer you out for x-ray, an MRI or some other type of diagnostic testing to further "see" what is happening.
Chronic Pain can be very difficult to deal with not only for the patient but for family and friends around you. I believe you have to be pro active everyday and seek ways to make the pain more bearable. Some things are going to work, others are not. Having a great attitude towards thinking that you will be better is important too. Please email us if we can help in anyway. I realize that not everything is going to work for everyone - but if our blog and information can make a difference in at least bringing the pain level down, and making it more tolerable its worth it.