The neck is also called the cervical spine, has the job of supporting your head and protecting your spinal cord. It consists of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and bones. All these are structurally arranged to permit the flexibility of the neck as well as protection. Unfortunately, the neck's flexibility also makes it susceptible to damage. Because of this, there are some movements which place either a gradual or sudden pressure on the neck, causing strain, discomfort, and a condition called cervicalgia.
The primary symptom experienced by people with cervicalgia is pain in the neck region. The pain can either feel sharp and stabbing or dull and persistent. On the other hand, the severity depends on the extent of the cervicalgia. In most cases though, the condition only causes mild discomfort. The condition is usually caused by long-term stress causing the neck and shoulder muscles to clench. If you feel this pain, you can apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce inflammation. You can also use heat to promote healing.
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