Neck pain – cervical spine syndromeThere are many descriptions and diagnoses for neck pain. Depending on the type of complaint, these include, for example, cervical spine syndrome, upper cervical spine syndrome, shoulder-arm syndrome or cervical spine blockage, as well as the simple "stiff neck".
Neck pain can be very agonizing, but in the vast majority of cases it is fortunately of a harmless nature. Often there is an irritation of the nerves in the area of the shoulder and neck muscles due to muscular tension. So even a harmless muscle tension can cause the greatest discomfort. This is because the pain usually radiates to the region supplied by the irritated nerves. This very often includes the shoulder and upper arm area. One speaks then also of a shoulder arm syndrome. Very often the problem also lies in the deep musculature directly next to the shoulder blades, although the complaints are expressed along the thoracic spine or sometimes even in the front of the chest.
In most cases, the nerve irritations are caused by inflamed, hardened and tense neck muscles and thus affected muscle fasciae. Fortunately, a herniated disc is rarely the cause. Herniated discs are accompanied by so-called neurological limitations, which can include sensory disturbances of the skin or weakness of the arm and hand muscles. If such symptoms are present, further diagnostics are absolutely necessary. This includes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A comprehensive neurological examination. A herniated disc rarely requires surgery. However, if neurological restrictions are present and important nerve bundles are damaged by prere, an emergency situation may exist in which the damaged nerve canal must be relieved as quickly as possible by surgery.
How do these muscle tension with neck pain?
– Bad posture or relieving posture, for example, favoured by other problems such as shoulder pain – Stress, mental tension – Whiplash injury – One-sided strain, e.g., shoulder pain.B. due to prolonged work at the computer – lack of compensatory movement – drafts – sports injuries (e.g., injuries caused by a car accident).B. muscle strains or muscle fiber tears) – signs of wear and tear on the cervical spine, the so-called degenerative spinal disease – rheumatic diseases
But other conditions can also cause massive neck pain, even if they occur very rarely:
– herniated disc – inflammation of the intervertebral disc (diszitis) – tumors – inflammation – meningitis, with simultaneous occurrence of fever and severe feeling of sickness
What is the therapy for neck pain?
The focus is on releasing the muscle tension and restoring the function of the fasciae and structures so that regular metabolism can take place again. In this regard, manual therapy and acupuncture have proven to be effective. These treatments gently loosen the agglutinated muscle strands and fasciae. Through acupuncture one can u.a. Achieve a lasting muscle relaxation.
We have observed that also the Axomera therapy (former. NSM therapy) achieves good results with neck pain. This new therapy for neck pain can be easily combined with other procedures and treatments. In addition to acupuncture, manual therapy and fascia therapy, this also includes injections, as long as they do not contain cortisone.
In order to prevent neck pain, a loose but strengthened musculature of the shoulder-neck area is an important basic prerequisite. In individual cases a therapeutically accompanied muscle building training is therefore quite reasonable.
What can I do myself when I have neck pain??
– heat application – avoidance of drafts – active relaxation (e.g.B. Muscle relaxation according to Jacobson, yoga, etc.) – avoidance of restraint and incorrect posture – regular alternation of sitting and standing activities – sport and exercise to strengthen the muscles
Schroder P, Gaul C, Drabik A, Molsberger A. Pain localization in cluster headache patients: onset, peak, and radiation. Acta Neurol Scand. 2021 Feb 1;. doi: 10.1111/ane.13396. PubMed PMID: 33523462. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 02/2020
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