Neck pain and Chakkar (cervical )
Neck pain is a common problem,90% of population have it at some time in life. Though chakkar is not usually due to cervical.
Muscle strains: Due to overuse and poor posture, like long driving posture, prolonged use of, mobile phones or reading in stooped posture in bed.
Worn Joints: Joints in neck undergo wear and tear.
Nerve compression: Disc herniation or bone osteophyte formation in neck vertebrae can press on the nerves leading to pain.
Whiplash injuries: Head is jerked backward and forward
Systemic Diseases: Arthritis, tuberculosis, Cancer pain, ankylosing spondylosis and fibromyalgia
- Dull aching pain, worsened with neck movement. It is sometimes associated with tingling, numbness or tenderness of upper limbs. There may be difficulty in swallowing or dizziness/ light-headedness.
- This pain may be associated with facial pain, headache or shoulder pain.
Types of pain
Acute neck pain: At Home patient may apply heating pads or ice packs as counter pain relievers.
Chronic neck pain: If pain is prolonged over days and weeks a pain specialist needs to be consulted. The exact cause of pain needs to be ascertained and treated after investigations.