Programmers and everyone who sits at a computer a lot often complain of neck pain. How dangerous is it? What can be done to alleviate the condition?
“If you spend a lot of time at the computer, then to prevent neck pain, it is important to regularly take breaks of 5-10 minutes to perform simple neck exercises. It can be turns, slopes, — told aif.ru Neurologist at the Pain Treatment Clinic of the City Clinical Hospital named after V.V. Vinogradova Petr Sokov. – It’s even better to get up and do a general warm-up, if possible. This will help reduce the intensity of the static load on the neck. If discomfort has already appeared in the neck, then such five-minute health sessions will also help alleviate the condition. If this is not done, the situation may worsen. And discomfort after some time can be replaced by pain in the muscles of the neck.
According to the doctor, in most cases, such pains are not dangerous for life and health. They are associated with the fact that the muscular apparatus is affected, which primarily responds to prolonged static stress. “It does not require serious medical interventions. But it’s best to see a doctor anyway. We must not forget that a serious pathology can be hidden behind a pulling pain in the neck, if it is accompanied by some other symptoms, ”the doctor warns.
You can come for a consultation with a therapist, a neurologist, a chiropractor, ideally, contact a vertebrologist, that is, a specialist who deals directly with the treatment of the spine. He can understand the situation in more detail and help.
Can I take painkillers for neck pain myself?
“If the pain is episodic and a simple analgesic tablet helps, and you take painkillers one-time (not every day and not a lot), then this is an acceptable situation. But from the point of view of a doctor, self-treatment is not the best way out of the situation, ”notes Sokov.
By the way, you should not be surprised if the doctor does not immediately give a referral for MRI, CT, ultrasound and other complex and expensive studies. With complaints of pulling muscle pain in the neck, this is just the right approach. “If the doctor does not suspect more serious conditions that could cause neck pain (for example, spinal pathology, when neck pain is a symptom and not an independent disease), then an absolutely correct diagnosis can be made and effective treatment prescribed. without additional examination methods, ”concludes Sokov.