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How can neck pain be treated?

Christmas is coming, bringing with it biting cold, sudden gusts of wind and driving rain. This inclement weather can take uncovered or, worse still, overheated neck muscles by surprise, rekindling dormant chronic pain or leading to the development of new pains, which can ruin the holidays with intense and persistent burning, contraction and stiffness.

What is cervicalgia?

Neck pain is undoubtedly one of the commonest reasons why people visit their doctor. It consists of an inflammation that causes an acute and persistent pain in the back of the neck, which radiates to the shoulders and, in more severe cases, to the arms. The pain is almost always associated with reflexed muscular contractions and, consequently, stiffness of the neck. Although medicinal remedies are effective and acute episodes can be resolved within the space of a few days, we should not underestimate neck pain simply because it is a common ailment, as it has an insidious tendency to become chronic.

What should be done?

Prevention is the most important thing, covering up well to protect oneself from the cold. During the frantic rush of Christmas shopping, whether tackled willingly or seen as a grim necessity, we need to try to ease the tension and avoid rigid poses. It is also important not to travel in the car too much, as spending lots of time at the wheel places pressure on the areas subject to cervicalgia. Lastly, we should take care not to overburden ourselves with dozens of parcels and packages, not to make sudden movements and not to lift or carry excessive weights, with all due respect to Christmas shopping!

How is it treated?

When neck pain is mild and occasional, it can be treated homoeopathically with arnica combined with a gentle massage.

However, when the pain becomes troublesome and recurrent it is important to consult a doctor, who will probably prescribe a topical anti-inflammatory cream.

In the case of significant cervicalgia and advanced inflammation, it is advisable to consult an expert, who will offer targeted physiotherapy and tecar therapy. These treatments will also help to prevent the cervicalgia being associated with the other disorders it often entails, such as migraine or dizziness. Although drugs are a useful aid in the rehabilitative treatment of cervicalgia patients, tecar therapy offers a very high long-term therapeutic efficiency and also provides immediate pain relief, producing rapid benefits for the patient’s health, as well as avoiding the side effects often caused by the chemical components and active ingredients of pharmaceutical products.