Pain in the neck, shoulders and arms, is a very common problem and is growing in incidence over the years. Several factors like sedentary life style, wrong posture, excessive use of computers, and general lack of physical activity account for the increased prevalence.
The Most Common Causes Of Neck Pain Are
- Muscle spasm, sprain or strain
- Intervertebral Disc prolapse or Disc herniation
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Spinal Stenosis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
Other Causes Of Neck Pain Include
- Tumours of head and neck
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Congenital Cervical Rib
Rare Causes Include
- Congenital spinal canal stenosis
- Spina bifida (an abnormal development of the spine)
- Tumor in the spine
- Tuberculosis (of the spine)
- Trauma (accident related)
- Carotid Artery Dissection
- Referred Pain from Acute Coronary Disease
- Retro pharyngeal Abscess or Epiglottitis
Ayurveda Treatment Of Neck Pain
Ayurveda Treatment of Neck Pain is based on the cause of the problem and generally if it is of recent origin it responds quickly to conservative treatment approaches like rest, pain killers etc. Persistent neck pain is often caused due to Disc prolapse and arthritis of the cervical spine and it also leads to other complications like Cervical Radiculopathy etc.
Ayurvedic treatment for Neck pain, is based on the cause of the neck pain and often it is because of muscular spasm caused by Strain due to posture of due to stress. This responds easily to Ayurvedic medicines and in severe cases to local massages. Ayurveda offers a very tangible alternative 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.
It also helps in reversing the damage to the nerve and in preventing further degeneration of the cartilage, bones and nerves involved.