Neck Pain

Do you suffer from backache, neck pain, or sciatica? You’re not alone. These pain conditions are of the most common reasons for doctor visits and missed work, with about 80 percent of Indians dealing with back pain at some point in their lives. Chronic Back or neck pain can be the most difficult and challenging ones to treat. Windermere Pain Centre is here to offer you guidance, support, and a range of treatment options for your pain originating in the back.

Pain issues with the spine, such as in the lower, middle, or upper back and neck, are common and can interfere with your daily activities. Injury to the back, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, obesity, and muscle strain can all cause pain. The upper back (neck or cervical spine), middle back (thoracic spine), or lower back (lumbar or sacral spine areas) can be affected, and pain can range from mild to severe. 

Causes Of Neck Pain

Minor injury to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the neck are a common cause of pain and typically heal on their own. For example, sleeping in a bad position can cause neck pain that usually self-resolves over a short period of time. Injury, poor posture, and repetitive motions can also cause neck pain.

Other causes of pain stem from within the spine or spinal discs, for example:
Your doctor or pain specialist can help you understand the source of your pain and any contributing factors.

Neck Pain Symptoms & Diagnosis

Neck problems can cause sensations that range from tingling or a dull ache to sudden or sharp pain that stops your normal activity. Pain in the neck can radiate to other areas such as the arms. Pain can be minor or severe, and can last a short period and self-correct, or can be chronic (long-term). Neck issues can happen suddenly through an injury such as whiplash, or can develop slowly over time.

Risk factors for developing neck pain include smoking, which can contribute to degeneration of the discs, obesity and poor posture. Other risk factors are trauma (injury), and age-related changes to the spine such as arthritis. Symptoms may include (but are not limited to): 

To diagnose the source of your pain, your doctor or pain management specialist will ask you questions about your health and history and do a physical examination. Other tests that can help diagnose the source of your pain include X-rays, MRI scan, CT scan and blood tests. 

How To Treat Neck Pain

The best pain relief method for you will depend on your individual situation, such as the cause and severity of your pain. Treatments such as ice, rest, muscle relaxants and over-the counter pain medications may give you some relief. Prescription anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDS) may be prescribed if necessary. Sometimes additional therapy is required, such as physical therapy, steroid injections, and/or nerve pain medications. 

When Further Neck Pain Treatment Is Required

Any further treatments required are based on the nature and severity of the underlying problem. If there is something that can be addressed by a surgeon, we will refer you to a specialist.