Pain located in the neck is a common medical condition. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases and can involve any of the tissues in the neck. Neck pain treatment is essential in addressing these issues effectively.
Examples of common conditions causing neck pain are degenerative disc disease, neck strain, neck injury such as in whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve.
Neck pain can come from common infections, such as virus infection of the throat, leading to lymph node (gland) swelling and neck pain. Neck pain can also come from rare infections, such as tuberculosis of the neck, infection of the spine bones in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis), and meningitis (often accompanied by neck stiffness). Neck pain can also come from conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck, such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica as well as from uncomfortable positioning of the neck while sleeping with the head on a pillow. Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain.
Neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching. Sometimes pain in the neck is worsened with movement of the neck or turning the head. Other symptoms associated with some forms of neck pain include numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp shooting pain, fullness, difficulty swallowing, pulsations, swishing sounds in the head, dizziness or lightheadedness, and lymph node (gland) swelling.
Neck pain can also be associated with headache, facial pain, shoulder pain, and arm numbness or tingling (upper extremity paresthesias). These associated symptoms are often a result of nerves becoming pinched in the neck. Depending on the condition, sometimes neck pain is accompanied by upper back and/or lower back pain, as is common in inflammation of the spine from ankylosing spondylitis.
Causes for neck pain includes poor sitting posture, injury from involvement in contact sports, motor-vehicle accidents, bull or bronco horse riding, etc. Prevention of neck pain in the context of these activities should include neck strengthening exercises and often neck bracing.
Neck pain treatment in ayurveda is based on the cause of the neck pain, and often it is because of muscular spasms caused by Strain due to posture or due to stress. This responds easily to Ayurvedic medicines and in severe cases to local massages. Ayurveda offers very tangible remedies to surgery and other invasive procedure like epidural injections.
Administration of Ayurvedic therapies like Podikkizhi (Choorna pinda sweda), Elakkizhi (Patrapotala sweda), Abhyanga (medicated oil massage), Nasya (Instillation of medicated liquids through the nasal cavity) etc in conjugation with herbal medicines is very effective in providing tangible benefits in all these cases, rendering the patient symptom free.
Neck pain treatment in ayurveda also helps in reversing the damage to the nerve and in preventing further degeneration of the cartilage, bones, and nerves involved.
The AyurVAID protocol is based on the simple premise that the Physician must diagnose and treat only based on sufficient evidence. This evidence should be ‘patient or rogi based’ in addition to being ‘disease or roga based’ in accordance with the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.
*Outcome may vary from patient to patient