Neck pain can be caused by trauma to the neck or from a number of other things. The neck is one of the easiest areas to injure by simply doing normal daily activities such as leaning your head forward to look at a computer monitor. Falls can also lead to neck injuries. The pain can also result from a number of causes including muscle spasm, inflammation of the joints, or a strain. If the injury to the neck causes severe pain, a medical neck brace can support the neck muscles and bones to get relief from pain.
Because of the ease with which an injury or other condition can cause neck pain, it has become one of the prevalent health concerns in the nation. As many as 70% of all the people in the U.S. will experience neck pain during their lifetime. Although some doctors recommend the use of a rigid cervical collar to support the neck while it heals, many have determined that long periods of immobilization and lead to even greater damage to the neck. Wearing a medical neck brace that provides support without immobilizing the neck will promote healing without putting the health of your neck at greater risk.
When patients experience neck pain (whiplash) as the result of an automobile, they will usually see improvement over time but most do not recover completely. Those that continue to have pain may also experience sever pain that is persistent, or present most of the time. A large percentage of those who wear a soft, flexible medical neck brace after their injuries feel a reduction in their pain.
Whiplash is the traumatic injury that occurs to the soft tissue in the back of the neck overextension, over flexion, rotation or dislocation in the area of the cervical spine. Often, patients who complain of neck pain after an automobile accident do so well after the accident has occurred. Those who experience the pain immediately often seek medical attention for evaluation of the condition. There is no test for whiplash, so the elimination of an injury to the bone or nerves must be determined before whiplash is diagnosed. Once it is, the common practice is to prescribe a medical neck brace to the patient to provide pain relief.
Other Causes of Neck Pain
There are also a number of medical conditions that can cause neck pain including:
• Heart Attack
If you experience sudden or severe neck pain without an obvious cause, or along with other symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately. For any cause of neck pain, the treatment will be determined according to a number of factors including the location and severity of the injury, your age and the type of activities that you perform daily. Once the diagnosis has been made, you will learn whether the doctor recommends the use of a medical neck brace for your condition or whether they prefer that you forego bracing treatment. Your doctor will know the right approach to treat your neck and alleviate your neck pain.