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Coping With Chronic Neck Pain

Coping With Chronic Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain can be overwhelming and debilitating. According tors state that 7 out of 10 people will experience uncomfortable neck pain in their lifetime. While many cases will be resolved easily, others may become chronic and worsen over time.

What Is Neck Pain?

The neck is also referred top of the shoulders. Some common causes of neck pain include incorrect posture, muscle strain, injury, bony abnormalities, and tumors. Neck pain can occur in a single spot or it can run down one or both arms.

Why Is Neck Pain Serious?

While neck pain is uncomfortable, most cases are not serious. However, there are some symptoms could indicate a serious condition such as cancer or meningitis.

How To Prevent Neck Pain

Many people develop chronic neck pain through bad habits. In addition, the vertebrae undergo changes from wear and tear as we age. However, there are some things you can do to the point of pain.

When To See A Neck Pain Doctor

If neck pain has made your life difficult, it is time to see an orthopedic surgeon.

Diagnostic Tests

Your neck pain docto provide a more accurate depiction of the structures of the spine and soft tissues.

In order tory conditions such as different types of arthritis may be detected this way.

An EMG or electromyography tests may be performed. This is performed if a pinched nerve is suspected to be the cause of pain.

Neck Pain Treatment Options

Your docto relieve pain. They can also use treatments such as TENS units, also known as transcutaneous electrical stimulation. This treatment relieves pain by transmitting electrical impulses through electrodes placed on the skin.

At Home Treatment

You can try self-treatment at home tor or physical therapist can prescribe a series of exercises that may help.

Alternative Neck Pain Treatment

There are some non-traditional methods that may be beneficial in reducing pain. Massage therapy is often helpful in easing tension that causes pain. While there are no direct evidence massage therapy works, many people find it helpful.

 

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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