Pain in the Neck

Pain in the Neck

Neck pain affects 30-50% of the general population each year. This global issue can limit the activity of up to 11-14% of the working population.

The cervical spine controls head movements and impacts the ability of the body to control motor tasks that rely on visual information. 15% of the population will experience chronic neck pain (>3 months) at some point in their lives. Prevalence peaks at middle age with women having a high incidence rate than men. Risk factors include repetitive work, prolonged periods of cervical spine flexion, high psychological job strain, smoking, and previous neck/shoulder injury.

Neck pain develops gradually or appear after a traumatic event. Recurrent episodes are common. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, headache, dizziness, radiating pain to shoulders and the upper limbs, decreases range of cervical movement, increased fatigability, and decreased pressure pain thresholds of cervical muscles. Symptoms may include temporomandibular symptoms, visual and auditory disturbances, sleeping problems, and cognitive and emotional problems when associated with trauma.

Pain and symptom management is the best treatment for neck pain. This can be done with muscle strengthening and physical exercise, mobilization and manipulation, psychological interventions, acupuncture, low-level laser therapy, and pulsed electromagnetic field treatments.

See the attached article for more detailed information regarding neck pain causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments. Neck Pain Details

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