Cervicalgia is a very common pain affecting the neck, especially in its back part even if there is no lack of anterior irradiation. Cervical problems are particularly common in Occidental World, where two-thirds of the population has suffered at least one in life. The problem is soaring. This is due both to the increase in desk professions and to the increase in the pace of life in general with a consequent increase in physical and emotional stress that plays a fundamental role in tension at the level of the back, shoulders and neck, with the consequent possibility of develop cervicalgia, also commonly called cervical.
The causes of cervical pain can come from several factors, such as:
- post traumatic events such as the c.d. whiplashes;
- degenerative arthrosis and osteoarthritis of the cervical vertebrae (spondylosis);
- degeneration of one or more intervertebral discs, disc herniation and protrusions;
- incorrect positions and postures;
- cold strokes;
- excessive and repeated overload of the cervical muscles;
- sedentariness and physical inactivity or the excess of particular physical activities;
- bad rest due to the use of unsuitable mattresses and pillows;
- nerve problems.
It is precisely on this last point that Nervenia focuses on treating the problem. The staff of Nervenia, in the diagnosis, also includes disorders caused by nerves, in addition to the causes that everyone knows. Nerves are a chain of transmission of signals, even of painful ones. This is why when they are suffering from a problem called mechanosensitivity they become a cause of pain even in places far from the origin of the problem. It so happens that we can have a cervicalgia due to the irritation of a nerve far from the site of pain, such as following a compression of the median nerve in a silent carpal tunnel, or that the irritation of the sciatic nerve due to a problem with the leg a back pain appears. This aspect is essential for us to combat the root problem and not only to act on the symptom.
Cervical pain is located at the back of the neck and can involve the shoulder area, on one side or bilaterally and radiate to the upper limbs and the rest of the back, often below the scapular plane. Sometimes the pain is continuous, other times it appears only by doing some movements or holding some positions.
The main symptoms can be the following:
- severe pain in the cervical area;
- vertigo, heeling and balance disorders;
- limited cervical mobility;
- difficulty resting due to cervical pain;
- shoulder or shoulder pain;
Neurogenic cervicalgia has no different symptoms compared to the most common cervical pathologies; it is possible to find it following a Nervenia evaluation or noting the absence of resolution with normal physiotherapy and pharmacological treatments.
Cures and remedies
Neck pain is treated with numerous physical therapies. They vary in complexity depending on the severity and the main causes of the pain. The treatment is practiced with physiotherapy, manual therapy and pharmacology. Pain can also be alleviated by many gymnastic, elasticization and relaxation techniques. Prevention and treatment can be assisted by postural treatments and all these techniques can be carried out with special machinery and surgical surgical devices.
But, if the cervical problem is characterized by a neurogenic cervicalgia, the approach must be Nervenia’s: it is a matter of intervening in an absolutely non-invasive way on the cause of the problem and not on the symptom.
The first step is to perform clinical examinations of nerve mechanosensitivity to identify the suffering nerve. In this way we act on the origin of the disorder, to eliminate it or to reduce its effects in terms of pain. Once the area of intervention is determined, nerve irritation is treated through neuromodulation and deep nerve stimulation (DNS), a tool that uses a particular current specific to nerve tissue. The protocol also includes the treatment of inflamed or painful tissues surrounding the nerve.