The Cervical spine not only protects the delicate spinal cord but also provides flexibility, allowing the neck to move in all directions while balancing the weight of our head. This flexibility comes at a cost of increased vulnerability to strains in the cervical spine. Poor posture and a lack of exercise cause the neck muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness.
“Text Neck” is the name given to describe the neck pain, stiffness, and headache coming from constantly looking down at a mobile phone or tablet. Bending the head to use these gadgets increases the pressure on the neck. Most minor injuries to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck usually heal over time (a couple of days of weeks). This process can be accelerated by non-surgical care such as ice/heat packs, medications, and physical therapy. Less than 5% of patients with neck pain need surgery, and that too when non-surgical treatments fail or there is an advent of progressive neurological symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, or weakness, in the limbs.
Watch the video below to know more in detail about Cervical Pain and its Symptoms.
Dr. Vivek Mishra,
Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon
Aster Speciality Clinic, International City