Neck Pain Treatment

neck pain treatment

Neck pain treatment in Dubai

Anatomy of the neck

The neck, or the cervical spine, is one of the most complicated and intricate body structures. It is a coordinated network of nerves, bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Given below are some of the most important structures in the neck.

Spinal cord:

The spinal cord connects to the brain at the base of the skull. It then travels down the most of the spinal column, supplying the body with nerves along its length.

Nerves:

The cervical nerves help control the head, neck, and the rest of the body – including movements forward, backward, and to the side. The nerves which exit the spinal cord in the neck typically provide control and sensation to the arms and hands.

Cervical bones:

The cervical bones or the vertebrae consist of seven bones separated from one another by intervertebral discs, allowing the spine to move freely and act as shock absorbers during activity.

Intervertebral discs:

They are located between each vertebra and are responsible for absorbing pressure while also enabling movement and flexibility in the neck.

Muscles:

Several muscles are present in the neck to allow the movement of the neck and maintain its shape and structure.

Ligaments:

The cervical ligaments help to hold all of the structures above together.

What Causes Cervicobrachial Pain?

Cervicobrachial pain is neck pain and stiffness associated with pain in the arm and shoulder. It can be caused by one or more of the following:

Muscle strain

The most prevalent cause of neck pain occurs when soft tissues become strained or sprained from overuse or extension, such as from poor posture. For example, leaning over your computer for a long time or sleeping with your neck in an awkward position can cause neck pain. Other activities that can result in neck pain are repetitive motions such as turning your head side to side repetitively while swimming or dancing.

Nerve compression

Nerve compression is caused by herniated discs and often results in neck pain that radiates to the head and arms. In addition, irritation along nerve pathways in the neck can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms.

Disease

Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can lead to neck pain. In addition, other health problems such as meningitis and fibromyalgia can also cause pain in the neck and may need immediate medical attention and treatment.

Neck pain range of Symptoms

Neck pain usually goes away within a few days or weeks. Duration of neck pain is classified as follows:
It is better to have an early intervention by a physician. If the pain persists for long and is accompanied by any of the following, it requires urgent investigation:

Cervical spine Diagnosis

After studying the patient’s medical history, the following tests are performed for diagnostic purposes of neck pain;

Physical examination

This involves inspection of the patient’s neck for any abnormalities. Various tests and observations are performed to understand better the neck’s posture, range of motions, reflexes, muscle strength, and sensations felt in legs and arms.

Imaging Studies

These are performed to narrow down the cause of neck pain. Some of the imaging technologies are as follows;
Some other imaging options include a bone scan and ultrasound.

Diagnostic injections to treat neck pain:

For a diagnostic injection test, the doctor injects anesthesia (with or without other substances) into the cervical spine to isolate a particular structure, for example, a nerve or a facet joint. If the injection stimulates pain (or relieves it), it is interpreted that the pain source is the nerve or facet joint under study.

Neck Pain Treatments in Dubai

In the clinics of Dubai, the following treatment methods are provided and advised to the patients who have pain in the cervical spine:

Medications to treat neck pain

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, such as anti-inflammatory and nonsteroidal medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are typically tried first for neck pain. Some NSAIDs can be applied on the skin topically, such as Voltaren Gel. Patients must ensure they have no allergies to such medications.

Physical Therapy for neck pain relief

Many treatment plans for persistent neck pain include physical therapy to improve neck strength and flexibility. Depending on the case of the patient, physical therapies vary in length and structure. Some of these are as follows;

Surgical Treatments

To treat neck pain, surgery is not very common and is typically performed for the following reasons ;

Why Choose Dr. Sherief Elsayed for Neck Pain Treatment in Dubai?

Dr. Sherief is one of the most renowned spinal surgeons for Cervicobrachial pain treatment in Dubai. He is a comprehensively trained and highly skilled spine surgeon known for exclusively treating patients with spinal conditions. Not only that, he is one of the few surgeons trained in the use of robot-assisted surgery worldwide. His patient reviews are a testament to his effective treatment techniques and his discreet, caring, and comforting approach. You can read more about Dr. Sherief or book an appointment to consult him personally.