Neck pain is such a broad concept that many in senior living might not be able to address the issue correctly. There are a number of different reasons that seniors may experience neck pain and there are a number of different treatments available that can offer relief. We will discuss a number of the different causes of neck pain and also offer a few different treatment options.
Causes Of Neck Pain
As previously mentioned, there are several reasons that someone may experience neck pain, including sudden pain or long, constant pain. These are a few common reasons:
- Injury And Accidents – Perhaps someone hits their head as they get up, or they have an injury after a car accident. Because the neck is forced to move beyond its normal range of motion during such an accident, it causes a hyperflexion and/or hyperextension injury. Forceful and unnatural movement of the neck could impact the ligaments and muscles in the neck.
- Getting Older – As we grow older, we may have to account for degenerative disorders, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis. While the exact diagnosis is often better left to a professional, it often does lead to serious neck problems down the road.
- Everyday Factors – We may disrupt the spine's balance due to weak abdominal muscles, obesity, or poor posture. Even stress may eventually lead to tightened muscles, which in turn leads to stiffness and neck pain.
- Other Diseases – Even though most neck pains are associated with strain, it may also be because of something more serious. This may include a fracture, tumor, spinal cord compression, or spinal infection. It is important to have this checked out by a professional to be sure.
What Are Some Treatment Options
Fortunately, surgery is not necessary for most people living with neck pain. Especially for seniors, it is a good idea to find a senior living option where these treatment options are offered locally or at least provide the senior with easy access to these options.
- Physical therapy – This is going to help with problems such as posture. This will help the senior to alleviate problems with neck pain in the future.
- Chiropractic care – This treatment offers a nonsurgical treatment option where small spinal adjustments are made to help the senior alleviate problems with neck pain. A doctor of chiropractic is going to complete a physical exam beforehand to determine the exact cause of the problem.
- Alternative treatment options – There are many different alternative treatment options available for neck pain, including Pilates, yoga, massage, and acupuncture. Many seniors have reported noticing benefits with these alternative treatment options.
- Medication – Perhaps a doctor is going to prescribe medication to resolve some underlying issue that may be the cause of the pain or at least remedy the existing discomfort.