How To Deal With Neck Pain After Warming Up?
Hello doctor, this afternoon I did some stretching on my neck, twisted my neck, then after that I couldn’t move my neck to the left, it hurts when I force it. Is this serious, and what is the proper handling, thank you.
Good evening Davin,
In fact, neck pain has many causes and the treatment can differ depending on each cause. This complaint is common and many people experience it. Before deciding to do the right treatment, we need to first look for and study the causes of this neck pain, including:
1. Neck muscle strain, this can be due to excessive use of the neck muscles or sitting too long to read or at the computer for hours can cause tension in the neck muscles.
2. Emphasis on the neck nerves, if there is a pinched nerve in the area around the neck can also cause neck pain.
3. Trauma / injury, such as in cases of accidents while driving, direct hits to the face and neck area, sports, and others.
4. Joint damage due to increasing age, such as in a condition called osteoarthritis in which a person's cartilage has begun to damage and bone spurs will appear and will interfere with movement so that it can cause pain.
5. Other diseases
In home treatment, compressing the sore neck with warm water can also be done lightly massage slowly on the neck area to make the muscles that were initially stiff relax. Besides that, rest your neck for a while, don't use a bag with too heavy a load, improve your neck posture, make the correct sleeping position and don't use a pillow that is too high. If the pain is still being felt and bothers you, you can also buy pain relievers such as paracetamol which also has the effect of relieving pain at the nearest pharmacy. However, it's best if the pain is persistent and getting worse, you should immediately see a doctor. The doctor can check your condition directly and can perform any additional examinations needed, for example, neck X-rays, neurological examinations, and others.
You also need to pay attention to the following signs and you should be able to see a doctor immediately if the pain is getting worse and within a few days the pain does not improve even with painkillers, the pain radiates to the hands and feet, and if accompanied by other symptoms such as headache, tingling sensation, numbness and weakness in the hands and feet.
I hope this information is helpful. thanks.