Cervical pain is one of the challenging painful situations that prevent us from performing our daily activities. Various treatment options are effective in treating cervical pain but all of them pose some adverse effects. On a long-term basis, lasers are one of the most effective therapeutic procedures which help in treating cervical pain. So, what is cervical pain?
Cervical pain is the form of musculoskeletal condition, affecting around 55-60% of individuals around the globe. This pain results in a dull, aching sensation that prevents you from performing everyday activities. Cervical pain is the leading cause of neck pain that commonly occurs due to osteoarthritis or cervical spondylolysis. The cervical pain occurs due to the changes within joints, bones or disc surrounding the neck. The wear and tear of the bones and cartilage is the major reason for cervical pain. It mostly occurs due to aging. Cervical pain ranges from a mild, moderate or severe type of pain.
SYMPTOMS LINKED WITH CERVICAL PAIN:
The symptoms associated with cervical pain include the following:
- You find difficulty in swallowing, walking and other everyday activities.
- You feel tenderness.
- Abnormal reflexes seen in hands.
- Muscle spasms.
- Tingling sensation in hands or arms.
- Swollen lymph nodes and others.
DIFFERENT CAUSES LEADING TO CERVICAL PAIN:
The causes of cervical pain include the following:
- Medical conditions like degenerative disc disease, neck strain, osteoarthritis, cervical spondylitis, awkward posture, spinal stenosis, and others.
- Over usage of the neck in everyday activities like a workplace where you perform tedious movements and exert pressure over the spine leading to wear and tear of the surrounding bones and cartilages.
- Various neck injuries can also result in cervical pain like whiplash, cervical radiculopathy, herniated disc, and others. These neck injuries pressurize the spinal cord and impinge the surrounding nerves leading to painful sensation and numbness.
- Muscle involvement can also cause neck pain like fibromyalgia or polymyalgia rheumatica.
- Infectious diseases can cause neck pain like tuberculosis, viral infections, meningitis, osteomyelitis, spinal infections like septic discitis.
- Contact sports, motor vehicle accidents, horse riding or uncomfortable postures during sleep can also result in cervical pain.
- Bone spurs can also lead to cervical pain due to impingement of the nerves.
- Other than these causes, awkward sitting, sleeping, and walking postures can also result in cervical pain.
TYPES OF CERVICAL PAIN:
There are various types of cervical pain experienced by the patients which include the following:
MUSCLE PAIN: Painful sensation in shoulder muscles leading to sore neck. Muscle pain usually occurs due to stressful situations or physical overexertion. You feel like a hard knot around the neck which feels painful when palpated.
HEADACHES: Headaches can also result in cervical pain either over the upper side of the neck or on the backside of the head. The cervical pain due to headache occurs either due to muscle tension or muscle spasm. It results in a dull, sharp or aching pain with stiffness or tenderness.
MUSCLE SPASM: The neck muscles feel rigid leading to a spasm. The tight feel around the neck makes it difficult for the patient to turn the head. The stiff neck gets worse when you wake up. These muscle spasms happen either due to spinal injury, muscle injury or impingement of surrounding nerves. Muscle spasms also occur either due to emotional situations or any unidentifiable cause.
PAINFUL FACET JOINTS: The pain in these joints is deep, aching or sharp. These joints form the vertebrae of the neck. The facet joint pain gets worse when the head is bent over the diseased site. The facet joint pain is radiating and moves towards the shoulders or back.
NERVE IRRITATION: Impingement or irritation of the nerves around the spinal cord can cause cervical pain. The nerve irritation leading to cervical pain is sharp, severe and feels similar to pins and needle sensations.
REFERRED PAIN: The cervical pain can also occur due to the pain on one side of the body that refers to the neck. For example, heart pain can result in referred pain leading to cervical pain.
CERVICAL BONE PAIN: The painful sensation or tenderness of vertebrae surrounding the neck area can lead to cervical pain.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CERVICAL PAIN:
There are various treatment modalities which can help in reducing the intensity of the cervical pain such as:
- Over-the-counter medications which help in relaxing the neck muscles relieves pain and reduces inflammation,
- Physical therapy where exercises are done involving the stretching of shoulders or neck muscles.
- Yoga where you perform specific postures that help in relieving cervical pain.
- Home remedies like using a heat or ice pad over the affected site. Perform cervical pain exercises that help in relieving pain. Getting support from a brace or soft neck collar which prevents any excessive movement by the neck allowing you to take rest and prevent your bone and cartilage from any further damage.
- The surgical option is preferred when any of the treatment options are not effective in treating cervical pain.
- Last but not least are lasers which are the latest technology in the medical field which helps in treating several medical conditions without any invasive procedure. Lasers are highly effective in treating most of the painful conditions without any added medicines which pose adverse effects over the body.
TREAT CERVICAL PAIN WITH BioFlex LASER TECHNOLOGY:
BioFlex laser therapy is one of the most efficient modes of therapy for treating cervical pain. The photobiomodulation process activated with lasers helps in the penetration of photons within the deeper layers of the tissues which ultimately heals the inflamed tissues. BioFlex lasers are applied over the painful area, where the light from the lasers directly absorbs in the skin and results in a series of cascade reactions while utilizing the oxidative phosphorylation process. Cervical pain is the type of musculoskeletal condition which easily gets treated with BioFlex lasers. It aids in promoting the growth of cells, repairs the damaged tissues with collagen production, promotes angiogenesis, reduces inflammation and ultimately causes healing of the cervical pain.
There are around 21 randomized trials that show the efficacy of lasers for treating cervical pain. So, if you are one of those people suffering from cervical pain then get yourself treated with BioFlex lasers to achieve immediate results.