The cervical spine is the technical term for your neck. We all know that our neck is an important part of our body – it protects nerves and the spinal cord and allows movement throughout the body. But, did you know that an injury to the cervical spine is not only a “pain in the neck”, it can affect your ability to function? Many things can cause a cervical spine injury:
- Trauma to the neck, such as a fall or a car accident
- Sports injuries
- Workplace responsibilities, such as sitting at a desk all day or repetitive actions
Symptoms associated with a cervical spine injury are not just limited to neck pain, they also can include arm pain, weak grip, numb fingers, and headaches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms associated with a cervical spine injury, here are some things you can do to find relief:
Reduce the tasks associated with your neck pain. Relax your muscles and keep your neck in a neutral position by using a pillow or neck roll.
- Applying Heat/Ice
While a cervical spine injury is not surface level, some patients find relief by applying heat or ice.
- Take an anti-inflammatory
If you are in pain, an anti-inflammatory may help reduce your pain and allow your muscles to relax.
Getting your blood flow moving is a great way to get relief from pain. Focus on low-impact exercises like stretching, swimming, or yoga. Remember to keep your core muscles stabilized to protect your spine.
- Focus on your posture
Do not cause added pressure to your cervical spine with improper posture. Sit or stand up straight, with your head up.
- Schedule an appointment at First State Spine
If you are experiencing neck pain, arm pain, weak grip, numbness or headaches, schedule an appointment today!
It’s time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.