Neck Pain and Therapeutic Ultrasound
Neck pain can be due to many different things. It can be the result of an injury, a trapped nerve or a mechanical or muscular problem. The most common signs of neck pain are the muscles in the neck are tense, sore and feel hard to the touch. A muscle strain or sprain is the most common cause of neck pain.
Some of the most common causes for this condition are as follows:
- Poor posture
- Sports injuries
- Sleeping in a position that strains the neck muscles
- Excessive stress, which can lead to tension in the neck
There are many home remedies you can try at home. Taking regular doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen can help control your pain. Try holding a hot water bottle or heat pack to your neck to help reduce pain and any muscle spasms. Sleeping on a low, firm pillow at night to help stop your neck bending unnaturally. Check your posture as bad posture can aggravate the pain and it could have caused your neck pain in the first place. Most importantly, avoid wearing a neck collar as there is no evidence to suggest wearing a neck collar will help to heal your neck and it’s generally better to keep your neck mobile.
Therapeutic ultrasound can help relax tight muscles that are sore. It also warms muscles and soft tissues, which increases circulation that helps healing. The heat and increased blood flow produced by ultrasound treatments can relieve inflammation and pain, accelerate tissue healing and reduce muscle spasms. It can also help promote a greater range of motion.