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Neck Pain

Pain Medicine (Neck Pain)

Neck Pain Treatment in Coimbatore

Neck pain (also commonly known as cervical pain, or simply ‘cervical’) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain affects about 5% population and is more common in women than men. About one-half of episodes resolve within one year but remaining patients continue to suffer pain and associated disability.

Common causes of neck pain and cervical pain

Muscle strains: Overuse and poor posture , such as too many hours hunched over a steering wheel, laptops, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets often triggers muscle strains. Even such minor things as reading in bed or gritting your teeth can strain neck muscles.

  • Worn Joints: Just like all the other joints in your body, neck joints tend to undergo wear and tear with age, which can cause osteoarthritis in the neck.

  • Nerve compression: Herniated disks or bone osteophytes (abnormal growth) in the vertebrae of the neck can take up too much space and press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.

  • Injuries: Rear-end automobile collisions often result in whiplash injuries, which occur when the head is jerked backward and then forward, stretching the soft tissues of the neck beyond their limits.

  • Diseases: Neck pain can sometimes be caused by diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, meningitis or cancer Neck pain can also come from conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck, such as fibromyalgia

Common Symptoms

  • Neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching. Sometimes pain in the neck is worsened with movement of the neck or turning the head. Other symptoms associated with some forms of neck pain include numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp shooting pain, fullness, difficulty swallowing, pulsations, swishing sounds in the head and dizziness or light-headedness.

  • Neck pain can also be associated with headache, facial pain, shoulder pain and arm numbness or tingling (upper extremity paraesthesia). These associated symptoms are often a result of nerves getting pinched in the neck. Depending on the condition, sometimes neck pain is accompanied by upper back and/or lower back pain, as is common in inflammation of the spine from ankylosing spondylitis.

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When to seek medical advice?

In case of injury, one should seek medical advice immediately without any delay. At Dr.Muthus Hospitals, we have expert team to handle this.

If there has not been an injury, you should seek medical care when neck pain becomes:

  • Continuous and persistent
  • Severe
  • Accompanied by pain that radiates down the arms or legs
  • Accompanied by headaches, numbness, tingling or weakness

Neck Pain and Cervical Pain Treatment Options at Dr.Muthus Hospitals

  • Acute neck pain

    Home treatment includes applying heat or ice and using over-the-counter pain relievers. If these modalities don’t show effect, the patient should rush to a pain physician for further detailed evaluation.

  • Chronic neck pain

    If the pain persists or becomes long standing pain then one should not waste any more time and contact a pain physician directly. The treatment options are defined by the exact cause of such a pain. The various options that are available are:

  • Physical therapy

    Ultrasonic, short wave diathermy, laser and controlled traction. Along with these neck strengthening exercises are performed. No exercises should be performed in acute painful conditions.

  • Pharmacotherapy

    This includes a combination of nerve medicines, safe pain killers, muscle relaxants and other drugs which are given depending on the exact cause of pain.

  • Interventional therapy

    If a combination of physical and pharmacotherapy is unable to provide adequate pain relief then we should go for interventional (injection) pain management techniques such as cervical epidural and trigger point injections. These techniques are absolutely safe, effective and produce rapid recovery in all age groups provided they are performed by the experts (pain management doctors).

  • Life style modifications

    These are required for prevention of further such events. These include avoiding lifting heavy weights, long uninterrupted work hours in front of laptop, using mobile phones for long periods and use of pillows. Develop good postures while sitting, working, reading, driving etc.

  • Surgical options

    Surgery is rarely required. There are specific indications for surgery. Presence of pain is not an indication for surgery.

Ozone Discectomy (Ozonucleolysis): Injection of Ozone-Oxygen mixture into the disc is a new alternative method of treating patients suffering from back and leg pain (sciatica) caused by disc prolapse. Large number of international studies confirms the efficacy of this treatment and superiority of this treatment over conventional disc surgery.

Surgery: Having back surgery can be a difficult choice. Typically, people consider surgery for back pain only after all other treatments have failed to provide relief. Even then, surgery does not provide significant improvement for everyone. And while the risks of back surgery are generally low, they can be serious in some people.

Neck Pain and Cervical Pain Treatment Options available at Dr.Muthus Hospitals

  • Physical Therapy
  • Cervical Epidural Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Facet Injection
Pain Medicine (Neck Pain)


Arthritis, Disc degeneration, Narrowing of the spinal canal, Muscle inflammation, Strain or trauma.

Most neck pain typically lasts a couple of weeks. You can try self-care measures to alleviate it, but consult a doctor if it still persists.

Two ideal sleeping positions for the neck are either on the side or on the back. Opt for a rounded pillow while sleeping on your back to maintain the natural curvature of the neck, and use a flatter pillow to provide cushioning for your head.

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