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Cervicalgia, what is it?

Definition of Cervicalgia

Cervicalgia is defined as pain in the neck , from the upper back to the neck. These pains usually subside in a few days or even weeks. Cervicalgia often has no serious consequences.

Cervicalgia is often associated with sleep in the wrong position, prolonged use of the computer (magnified by maintaining a bad position). Or the tension of a muscle of the upper body, caused by poor posture.

Anxiety and stress can also lead to the development of neck pain by tightening the muscles of the neck.

Anyone can be impacted by the development of neck pain. Elderly people, however, are more likely to develop cervical spondylosis.

Causes of Cervicalgia

The main cause, associated with neck pain, is sleep in a bad position. Indeed, waking up and feeling a sharp pain in the neck is common. This is a torticollis. The latter is particularly from a bad posture, maintained during sleep.

Another origin may be associated with cervicalgia: cervical spondylosis. The latter naturally appears with age. Some patients do not feel any symptoms. Others feel stiffness and pain in the neck. The possible involvement of neighboring nerves can cause radiation in the arms, or tingling in the hands and legs.

The whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head. These traumatic movements can cause some damage to the ligaments and tendons of the neck. In this sense, stiffness felt in the neck, difficulties to perform certain movements, or neck and head pain, are associated.

A nerve stuck in the neck can also be the source of neck pain.

Symptoms of Cervicalgia (neck pain)

There are different conditions and symptoms associated with neck pain. The general clinical signs are:

  • pain in the neck
  • nerve assignments, resulting in difficulty in performing certain movements
  • possibly inexplicable weight loss
  • a feverish state

Symptoms, such as persistent tingling in the hands or legs, significant muscle weakness or regular imbalances, require consultation with the doctor as soon as possible.

How to prevent Cervicalgia?

Some measures can prevent neck pain:

  • Maintaining an appropriate posture, especially in the context of office work
  • take regular breaks to limit tension on the neck and neck
  • avoid the state of stress and chronic anxiety . For this, relaxation techniques can help limit these states of stress
  • use a good quality pillow and mattress

How to treat neck pain?

There is no specific medication for neck pain. Only painkillers can alleviate the pain. Stretches and massages are also useful in the treatment of neck pain.

Surgery is prescribed only in the context of a potential damage to the vertebral discs

For patients with chronic pain, physiotherapy or osteopathy may be recommended.

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