Neck pain, more commonly known as cervical pain, is a very common disorder: it is estimated that, everyday, at least 7 out of 10 people have, although with different intensity, neck pain. The incidence and the extent of the disorder depends on the particular vulnerability of the cervical area, that’s one of the most fragile points of the body. This region consists of 7 vertebrae that support the head, allowing neck’s rotation, flexion and extension. In the case of spinal cord injury, consequences can be very serious, with also cases of paralysis of arms and legs and the patient’s death.
The cervical syndrome can affect various parts of the cervical region: bones, nerves, muscles, vessels and ligaments. Among the causes there are
- previous trauma (whiplash, for example)
- degeneration of one or more intervertebral discs
- cold shocks
- wrong and prolonged posture
- excessive and repeated overloads
- lack of physical activity or excess of certain types of physical activity
- use of unfit mattresses and/or pillows
In this phase, therefore, it is important to make the correct diagnosis, through investigations such as X-ray or CT scan. It can also be useful to undertake a series of targeted physical exercises, that, mobilizing the neck’s muscles and relieving tensions accumulated during the day, can help to counteract neck pain. Regard, however, it is advisable to consult a specialist for a therapy specifically tailored to the characteristics of the case.