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Neck Pain Treatment with Air Neck Traction Devices

Neck pain treatment with Air Neck Traction / Neck Massager

Having a pinched nerve in your neck (a cervical radiculopathy or neck pain) is a pretty common condition, especially for those who are sitting before computers everyday. It's often painful, and sometimes disabling. Though some cases of pinched nerves may eventually need surgery, the vast majority doesn't. Pain in the shoulder or arm that can be caused by tilting or turning the head in a particular way is likely due to a pinched nerve in the neck. Just as you can feel pain down your arm by hitting the funny bone (ulnar nerve) in your elbow, shoulder and/or arm pain is often caused by neck problems.

Neck pain is an early symptom of nerve pressure. Sometimes neck pain is constant: at other times it comes after work or after standing, sitting, or walking all day. Numbness or tingling is also common with a pinched nerve, and may be more serious than pain, though not as uncomfortable. If your arm is numb: that is, if you can pinch it or stick it with something sharp and not feel it, you need to seek care promptly. Nerve pressure that continues can permanently damage the nerve. Weakness is another symptom that can be caused by nerve pressure. Occasionally, an arm can be completely numb and paralyzed. Needless to say, this requires treatment without undue delay.

The picture helps to understand the anatomy of the neck. Your neck is composed of seven bones (called vertebrae) in a row. Between each one is a soft disc. The discs have a tough covering with a softer inside: think of a waterbed full of jello. Your spinal cord is inside the vertebra, right behind the solid part, in the spinal canal.

There are openings on each side where the nerves to your neck, shoulders, and part of your arms come out. If a nerve is getting pushed on, you may have pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand. Varying amounts of pressure cause varying symptoms.

In some cases, the inside part of a disc will push through the covering: this is a ruptured disc (or herniated disc). Problems occur when the disc pushes on a nerve or the spinal cord. Another common cause of pinched nerves is an opening out of the spinal canal (the foramen) which is too small. This can be caused by bone spurs or by arthritis.


It is usually possible to start treatment of neck pain at home. One of the most helpful treatments is cervical traction (Neck Traction). All you need is an air neck traction device (pneumatic cervical traction device). For decades, air neck traction has been applied widely for neck pain relief of neck muscle spasm or nerve root compression.

Neck Traction is a technique in which a force is applied to a part of the body to reduce paravertebral muscle spasms by stretching soft tissues, and in certain circumstances separating facet joint surfaces or bony structures. Additional pounds for neck traction is usually utilized in the hospitals or clinics for temporary use and in certain situations and under observation with occasional imaging, making sure of not to destabilize the spine. Studies have shown that neck traction must be constant so that the muscles may tire and the strain falls on the joints. It generally takes 2 minutes of sustained traction before the intervertebral spaces begin to widen. Forces between 20 and 50 pounds are commonly used to achieve intervertebral separation.

Other Non-Surgical Treatment for Your Neck Pain


Medications

Medications are commonly used to control pain, inflammation, muscle spasm, and sleep disturbance.
Some general tips about treatment with medication:
Medication should be used wisely! Take all medications exactly as prescribed and report any side
effects to your doctor.
Some pain medicines are highly addictive!
No pain medicine will control chronic pain if used over a long period.
No medication will cure neck pain of degenerative origin.

Cervical Collar
A cervical collar is often used to provide support and limit motion while an injured neck is healing. It also helps keep the normal alignment. Cervical collars can be soft (made of foam) or hard (made of metal or plastic). Because these collars can restrict the movement of your head, you may need help with eating and other activities. The skin under the collar needs to be checked every day to prevent blisters or sores.

Cervical Pillow
A cervical pillow is sometimes recommended for people who have problems with neck pain at night. The cervical pillow is designed to hold the neck in the best position to prevent excess stress on the cervical spine during sleep.

Physical Therapy
Your doctor may have a physical therapist work on an exercise program developed just for you. The physical therapist will teach you ways to prevent further injury to your neck.
For a complete description of the rehabilitation of neck pain, you may wish to review the document:


Neck Rehabilitation
Epidural Steroid Injection (Nerve Block)
If other treatments do not relieve your back pain, you may be given an epidural steroid injection (ESI), or a cervical nerve block. An ESI places a small amount of cortisone into the bony spinal canal. Cortisone is a very b anti-inflammatory medicine that may control the inflammation surrounding the nerves and may ease the pain caused by irritated nerve roots. The ESI is not always successful. This injection is often used when other conservative measures do not work, or in an effort to postpone surgery.


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