Do I have Cervicalgia?
Today with web MD, most people search for help on the internet. Many times people enter their symptoms and out pops out a diagnosis. If you have been suffering from neck pain you may know the word Cervicalgia. Cervicalgia is the medical term for neck pain or pain in the cervical spine region.
What I find is people just don’t know what to do to help with neck pain. I want to give you 5 tips on what you can do to help with chronic neck pain:
#1. Get movement into the area
Many times people’s instinct is to not move something that hurts. That may seem like a good idea, but in reality, movement can actually decrease the pain. When I say movement what I mean is just moving your head though it’s regular range of motion. Do not force extra range of motion. Also, this is great if you have a desk or a computer job. Taking 5-10 min to just get basic movement in your neck can help decrease pain through a long day.
#2 Find a good pillow
You should have a pillow that gives you support but is comfortable to sleep with as well. This is something you need to try out. I do not think there is one pillow for everyone. Another pillow you should invest in is a bone pillow. These pillows are mainly for when you are sitting in a chair, couch or airplane. I have these pillows in our recovery room to give my patients support and comfort as they recline in our zero gravity chairs.
#3 Use heat on your neck
Heat not only make your neck feel good, but it can bring blood and nutrients to the area that can facilitate in healing. In my office I get the question all the time, “should I use heat or ice?” Mostly the rule of thumb is use ice if the injury is within 24 hrs (acute) and heat for a chronic issue. However, research is more and more pointing to not using ice at all and working with the bodies natural healing process by using heat and movement.
#4. Cut out sugar and Gluten
Sugar and gluten are pro-inflammatory. Inflammation can cause pain and swelling in the body.
My number 5 tip is for those of you that have tried all of the previous tips. What I have found is that most cases of chronic Cervicalgia stems from the loss of proper biomechanics in the upper part of the neck. This lack of movement will force other parts of your neck to move more to compensate for the issue. When that happens you can have pain and stiffness.
#5. Have the biomechanics of your neck assessed
This is what our office specializes in. We only analyze and work with the upper part of your neck. After we take an intake on your history, we will perform orthopedic exams and take biomechanical motion x rays to see what exactly is going on. Once we see what the problem is we come up with specific tailored plans based on your age, history, and trauma you have experienced in your life.
The only true way to know if our office can help you is to come in for a consultation. We offer no risk, complimentary 15 min consultation. This way you can meet our doctors and see our facility. We will tell you if we can help you and if we can’t we will refer you to an office that can. To request your complimentary consultation call the office at 303-442-5911 or simply fill out the web form below. What do you have to lose?