Sudden neck and back pain, what to do?

Hello, It is not uncommon to have sudden pain in the neck and back. Many people do not want to give importance to this matter. Timely diagnosis and treatment can be beneficial.

Dr. Hasan Hana Pain and Physiotherapy Research Center Director and Chief Consultant said in detail about this. Muhammad Ali. 

We will look at two case studies to illustrate the types of neck and back pain.

Mr. Aminol. I’m turning forty. He woke up in the morning to go to the office. While taking a bath, he suddenly suffered from severe neck pain. He was experiencing slight neck pain for several days. After waking up in the morning and pouring cold water on the neck, the neck muscles became tense and painful. In these cases we mostly rely on painkillers. But if only treated with painkillers, acute pain can turn into chronic pain. But pain can be controlled in the short term if the exact muscle strain is diagnosed and manipulative physiotherapy is applied from hospital admission. If manipulative therapy fails, three to four weeks of physiotherapy treatment should be taken.

* Case study-2

Palash pal, hastily leaning forward while putting on socks, severe pain started with spasms in the waist. He is unable to straighten his waist. History revealed that he works at least 12/13 hours a day sitting on a chair. His back muscles have weakened due to long hours of sitting in a chair and lack of physical activity. So at the age of thirty he was diagnosed with back pain. An MRI showed that Palash Lumber’s disc between 4-5 vertebrae had moved backwards and put pressure on the nerve roots. In this case, the patient needs a combined treatment of manipulative and electrotherapy with complete rest for 3 days.

What is the fastest way to relieve neck and back pain?

For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:

  1. Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then use heat after that. …
  2. Take over-the-counter pain relievers. …
  3. Keep moving. …
  4. Gentle massage. …
  5. Make sure you have the proper mattress or pillow. …
  6. Use a soft neck collar.

What can I do for sudden neck pain?

Self care: Neck pain often resolves with rest, ice or heat, massage, pain relievers, and gentle stretches. Reduce muscle inflammation and pain using an ice pack for 20 minutes several times a day during the first 48 to 72 hours. Thereafter, a warm shower or heating pad on low setting may be added to relax the muscles.

What can cause extreme neck and back pain?

  • Overuse, strenuous activity, or improper use, such as repetitive twisting or heavy lifting.
  • Trauma, injury, or fractures.
  • Breakdown of vertebrae, often caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support your spine, or the effects of aging.
  • Infection.

Why does my neck hurt all of a sudden?

Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain. Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem.

How do you know if neck pain is serious?

Neck pain requires immediate medical attention if it is accompanied by any of the following:

  1. Radiating pain into both arms or legs (myelopathic pain)
  2. Numbness, tingling, or weakness in arms or legs.
  3. Problems with balance or coordination.
  4. Loss of bowel or bladder control.
  5. Unintended weight loss.
  6. Fever or chills.

Can I massage a stiff neck?

Massaging can help reduce the tension in your muscles that may be making your neck stiff. There are massages you can do on yourself. However, we recommend asking a partner to massage your neck or visiting a professional for help.

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