📩 08/03/2022 15:11
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Associate Professor Ahmet İnanır gave important information about the subject. Neck pain, which is one of the most common health problems faced by many people today, occurs especially in people who frequently use mobile phones, work at a desk or spend hours in front of the computer, and sleep on a flat pillow.
What causes neck pain?
Neck hernias, especially in individuals who work at desks and use smart phones, have become a serious problem that affects all age groups, even children and young people. Neck hernia occurs as a result of the soft jelly-like part in the middle and inside of the cartilaginous disc between the vertebrae infiltrating from the surrounding layers and entering the area where it should not be. If the protruding disc material herniates from the middle part of the spinal canal, it can press on the nerves going to the spinal cord, and if it herniates from the side of the canal, it can be painful or painless.
In the hernia originating from the middle section, the person pains; It can be felt in the shoulders, neck and shoulder blades or on the back. In hernias close to the side, it may manifest itself with pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the patient's arm. Pain in the neck, neck, shoulder and back pain, limitation of neck movements, muscle spasm, numbness in the arms and hands, numbness in the arms, thinning of the arms, muscle strength in the arms and hands can be seen. All these findings affect people's lives, making life difficult or even unbearable.
With which diseases can it be confused?
Although there is a cervical hernia, it can be thought of as another disease, and patients without cervical hernia can also be diagnosed with cervical hernia. These confusion can cause a waste of time. We come across patients who have a tumoral formation on the neck and who linger on incompetent hands that wander for months. There are many reasons that can cause neck pain such as Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Shoulder problems, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, DISH (Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis), and it is very important to distinguish which one causes this pain.
Who is it most common?
Neck hernia is especially common in those who use mobile phones, spend time in front of the computer, read books, desk workers, long-distance drivers and those who do not use a neck pillow while sleeping. In addition, neck hernia disorders are triggered by long trips, especially during summer vacation periods. Sleeping in public transport (bus, etc.) is triggered by landing (being asleep at the time of contact with the ground), especially during long travels during summer holidays. Sleeping in public transport (bus, etc.), landing in air travel (being asleep when touching the ground), and a long stay in the same position, especially when traveling with private vehicles for holiday purposes, can lead to serious problems.
What are the points to be considered against neck pain?
The best treatment is prevention, the best medicine is exercise. While sleeping, the neck pillow should be chosen orthopedically. In order to minimize the risk of getting neck hernia, it is necessary to stay away from the lifestyle that can cause neck hernia during daily life.
Staying away from lingering with the smartphone for a long time (it should never be done by bending the neck forward) and getting the habit of working by taking breaks without working at the computer for a long time will reduce the risk of hernia development.
Being cautious while traveling will also be an important precaution. When any painful situation happens to us, caring about the situation and getting accurate information about our situation by being examined by a specialist doctor will provide us with the opportunity to live a conscious life.
When you have neck pain, you should definitely determine the cause of the pain as an examination. It could be a tumor, or it could be a small or large hernia. You shouldn't just focus on the pain. Early detection of the underlying problem causing the pain provides great success in treatment. The person who can help you best in this regard may be a Physiotherapy or Neurosurgery doctor who has a lot of experience and knowledge on this subject. Because these friends of ours are experts who can decide which treatment will work best for you and which treatment will work best for you first.