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NECK PAIN

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INTRODUCTION:

Neck, being the connecting link between the head and body is also one of the most moving parts of the body. Neck pain is a common complaint which may be associated with stiffness and numbness or sometimes the pain may radiate to shoulder and further up to the tip of fingers as in cervical spondylosis. Neck pain is a symptom of various conditions like degeneration of the cervical spine, trauma, meningitis, strain and sprain of neck etc. Abnormal postures often lead to neck pain. Depending upon the causative factors of neck pain, the management is decided.

CAUSES:

  • Strain on keeping neck in a particular posture for prolonged duration
  • Injury
  • Nerve compression from a herniated disc
  • Medical conditions like arthritis, meningitis, cancer, fibromyalgia etc
  • Wear and tear of the joints of neck
  • Inappropriate position of neck while sleeping

DIAGNOSIS

The cause of neck pain can be diagnosed by

  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • X rays
  • MRI and CT scanning

AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE

Neck pain is considered as Greeva graham as per Ayurveda. It is primarily due to aggravation of Vaatha dosha. When the pain in neck radiates from neck towards the tip of fingers, it is called as Apabahukam.

Management

Abnormal postures due to the specific working conditions must be corrected. For example, continuous sitting can lead to neck stiffness and neck pain. If the patient is suffering from underlying infections like meningitis, tuberculosis etc they must be managed first. The following are managements specific to the region of neck:

  • Internal medications to reduce inflammation and subsequent pain of neck.

Usually decoctions prepared from anti-inflammatory herbs are used along with medicinal powders and pills. Internal administration of medicated ghee and oil is also very effective in degenerative conditions.

  • External therapies include:
  • Application of medicated paste over the neck region for a fixed duration; the medicated paste is prepared from powder of herbs mixed with medicinal liquid. Application twice a day is found to be more effective to reduce underlying inflammation. This procedure is called as Pichu.
  • Application of warm medicated oil over the neck or abhyanga, relieves the stiffness and relaxes the muscles.
  • Applying a paste of medicine to a central point in the scalp is very effective to reduce neck pain as well as associated complaints like headache. The procedure is called as Talam.
  • Instillation of medicated oil or fresh juice of certain drugs to the nose is effective for all complaints of the head and neck. This therapy is called as nasya and is one among the five cleansing therapies of Ayurveda.
  • Pouring of medicated oil from a fixed height over the head for a particular duration effectively reduces neck pain. The procedure is called as shiro dhaara.

Regularly oiling the head is a preventive remedy for various ailments including neck pain. Depending upon the condition of the patient, the medicines with which oil is to be processed differs. Also, neck should not be kept in the same position for longer duration of time. Movements must be given in between. Moreover use of pillows of too much height and also its absence is not good for the neck. Depending upon the severity of the underlying pathology, the duration of hospitalization and treatment differs. Regular exercise can maintain the flexibility of joints of neck and can keep the ligaments and muscles around the area strong.

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