A common problem seen in most patients these days is neck pain, and it is estimated that according to recent researches, over 10% to 15% of the world’s population has neck pain approximately.
It can happen anytime, and most people seem to have neck pain in about 12 months. Before taking up a neck pain treatment, one should always analyze the causes and the lifestyle of the person affected by neck pain to prescribe a suitable treatment.
The Importance of Reasons Evaluation and Pain Assessment
For the neck pain treatment to be successful, it is necessary to inspect and examine the patient with neck pain in the most appropriate way. Studying an illness has a lot to do with the physical examination taken in the patient. It is always better to start by inquiring about how the injury took place. Also, the ‘when’ and ‘where’ it had taken place is relevant. Sometimes, the reasons may go to a vehicle accident, and so, it should include the patient’s position in the vehicle when the incident occurred and so on. Pain assessment is important to note the intensity of the neck pain to study its pain distribution and characteristics.
The use of a body pain diagram has proved to be helpful in these circumstances. The numeric pain scale is one of the best pain assessment tools used in the modern medical field. The exact location and the intensity of the pain are necessary to direct further evaluation in the treatment.
Analyzing the Positions and Neurological Symptoms
When analyzing the physical examination with neck pain, it is beneficial to determine the positions where the person feels the neck pain at its maximum. It is then analyzed how the pain would affect his or her daily life- both the workspace and at home. Sometimes, neck pain can be due to any neurological symptom.
The common symptoms that can be noted are numbness, tingling, or it can be extended to sensory loss, gait difficulties, spasticity, etc. Also, previous injuries and complaints are noted to have a complete sketch of their neck background history. These are some of the main factors used for analyzing neck pain treatment so far.
The Diagnosis for Neck Pain
Neck pain, f persisted for a longer duration, can lead to many severe problems pointed as ‘red flags’ in general. And so, the neck pain treatment depends on individuals based on their pain intensity, location, and various other factors.
The advanced medical field these days has the best solutions for the treatment of neck pain. The best diagnosis provided in the medical field is efficient in its positive outcomes, and some of the major diagnosis are described below:
- Imaging studies: the imaging of neck pain is done through plain radiograph or x-ray, MRI, Computed Tomography (CT) myelogram, and CT scan.
- Electrodiagnostic studies: it helps in the physiological evaluation of the nervous system of the body. Through this study, several results were noted, such as detecting the nerve pathology, estimating the timing of nerve injury, the demonstration of electrodiagnostic evidence of recovery, localizing the level(s) of involvement, and the outcome of prognostication, to name a few. An Electrodiagnostic practice includes nerve conduction, Electromyography(EMG) and Motor- and somatosensory- evoked potentials, etc.
- Pharmacotherapy has proved to be effective as well.
- Vitamins and Supplements
Moreover, creating awareness on how to take care of the neck and exercise therapy and physical therapy also helps to a greater extend. Massages, biofeedback, and acupressure also help a great deal with neck pain treatment.