Pain in the neck

Pain in the neck

Inflammation of the neck

Inflammation of the neck can occur for several reasons. Typical symptoms of inflammation of the neck are local swelling, reddened skin and pressure pain. An inflammation (mild inflammatory response) is a normal natural response when soft tissues, muscles or tendons become irritated or damaged. When tissue is damaged or irritated, the body will try and increase blood circulation to the area - this leads to pain, local swelling, heat development, reddish skin and pressure soreness. The swelling in the area can also lead to a pinching of nearby structures. These symptoms will vary in intensity depending on the damage or irritation in the tissue. It is important to distinguish between inflammation (inflammation) and infection (bacterial or viral infection).


"Inflammation" in the neck

In most cases, pain from joints and muscles is misinterpreted as 'inflammation'. This is a simplification of the problem that shifts the responsibility away from the person affected - and which suggests that it is not that person's fault. This is normally not the case - and most people have probably overloaded themselves over their ability (eg walking for several hours when you normally sit in the office all week) or done other things before they get such a pain presentation. The fact is that it is usually due to too little stability muscles and little movement, often in combination with stiff and dysfunctional joints in the thoracic spine and neck - it is important that these joints move sufficiently. A public health authorized clinician (chiropractor, physiotherapist or manual therapist) will be able to help you diagnose your ailment and any treatment.


Causes of inflammation of the neck

As mentioned, inflammation or inflammation is a natural response from the immune system to repair an injury or irritation. This may occur due to overuse (without sufficient stability muscle to perform the task) or due to minor injuries. Here are some diagnoses that can cause inflammation or inflammation of the neck:


Arthritis (Arthritis)

Osteoarthritis (the pain depends on which joints are affected)

Myalgia / muscle dysfunction


nerve Irritation

Prolapse in the neck

rheumatism (the pain depends on which joints are affected)


Who is affected by inflammation of the neck?

Absolutely everyone can be affected by an inflammation in the neck - as long as the activity or load exceeds what the soft tissue or muscles can withstand. Those who increase their training too fast, especially in weightlifting and especially those with high repetitive strain on muscles related to the neck. Too weak supporting muscles (deep neck muscles and back muscles, among others) in combination with dysfunction in joints can also be a contributing factor to the development of an inflammatory reaction in the neck.


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Inflammation of the neck can be very troublesome and can cause pain and problems in nearby structures as well. If an inflammation occurs then you have to remember that in most cases it is self-inflicted (overuse or repetitive movements that you are not used to in combination with lack of training of the supporting muscle, for example? Like poor technique with forward head position on weight lifting? ), and that you are smart at listening to what your body is trying to tell you. If you do not listen to the pain signals then the condition or structure can be chronically damaged. Our advice is to seek active treatment (eg chiropractor, physiotherapist or manual therapist) for the problem.


Symptoms of inflammation of the neck

Pain and symptoms will depend on the extent to which the neck has an inflammatory reaction. We remind you again that an inflammation and an infection are two completely different things - if you get a severe inflammatory reaction with heat development, fever and pus in the area, then you have an infection, but we will go into more detail in another article. Typical symptoms of inflammation include:

- Local swelling

Reddish, irritated skin

- Painful when pressing / touching


Diagnosis of inflammation of the neck

A clinical examination will be based on a history / anamnesis and an examination. This will show reduced movement in the affected area and local tenderness. You will not normally need further imaging - but in certain cases it may be relevant with imaging to check if an injury is the cause of the swelling or possibly also blood tests.


Diagnostic examination of neck inflammation (X-ray, MRI, CT or ultrasound)

An X-ray can rule out any fractures to the neck. One MRI examination can show if there is any damage to soft tissue, intervertebral discs, tendons or structures in the area. Ultrasound can examine whether there is tendon damage - it can also see if there is fluid accumulation in the area.


Treatment of inflammation of the neck

The main purpose of treating inflammation in the neck is to remove any cause of the inflammation and then let the neck heal itself. As mentioned earlier, an inflammation is a completely natural repair process where the body increases blood circulation to the area to ensure faster healing - unfortunately it is the case that sometimes the body can do a slightly excessive job and it may then be necessary with icing, anti- inflammatory laser and possible use of anti-inflammatory drugs (we remind you that overuse of NSAIDS can lead to reduced repair in the area). Cold treatment can provide pain relief for sore joints and muscles, also in the neck. Blue. Biofreeze (opens in a new window) is a popular natural product. One should always try conservative treatment for a long time before resorting to invasive surgery (surgery and surgery), but in some cases this is the only way out. Direct conservative measures can be:


- Physical treatment (treatment of nearby muscles can provide pain relief and increased blood circulation)

- Rest (take a break from what caused the injury)

- Nedising / cryotherapy

- Sports taping / kinesio taping

- Exercises and stretching (see exercises further down in the article)


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Exercises for inflammation of the neck

One should try to cut out too much weight-bearing exercise if one is afflicted with inflammation in the neck - at least until the worst has been healed. Replace weightlifting with cardio, elliptical machine or exercise bike - keep moving and take regular walks in rough terrain. Also make sure that you stretch your arm, neck and back. We also recommend that you try calmly on these kind neck exercises so you don't stiffen.


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What can I do even for muscle and joint pain?

1. General exercise, specific exercise, stretching and activity are recommended, but stay within the pain limit. Two walks a day of 20-40 minutes make good for the whole body and sore muscles.

2. Trigger point / massage balls we strongly recommend - they come in different sizes so you can hit well even on all parts of the body. There is no better self help than this! We recommend the following (click the image below) - which is a complete set of 5 trigger point / massage balls in different sizes:

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3. Training: Specific training with training tricks of various opponents (such as this complete set of 6 knits of different resistance) can help you train strength and function. Knit training often involves more specific training, which in turn can lead to more effective injury prevention and pain reduction.

4. Pain Relief - Cooling: Biofreeze is a natural product that can relieve pain by cooling the area gently. Cooling is especially recommended when the pain is very severe. When they have calmed down then heat treatment is recommended - it is therefore advisable to have both cooling and heating available.

5. Pain Relief - Heating: Warming up tight muscles can increase blood circulation and reduce pain. We recommend the following reusable hot / cold gasket (click here to read more about it) - which can be used both for cooling (can be frozen) and for heating (can be heated in the microwave).


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  1. Katrine says:

    I got a severe inflammation of the neck from overload. I was hit and my shoulder / back hurt. Felt ok but soft tissues and muscles had probably not healed. I have been bothered with it for a month. How long can such a neck inflammation last?


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