Neck and Shoulder Pain



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Homeopathic remedies and homeopathy treatment for Neck and Shoulder pain.

NECK PAIN

Neck pain is a common medical condition in which there is pain in the neck region between bottom of head to top of shoulders which can extend to upper back, shoulders and arms or come from regions near to neck. Any disease condition that affect any structure with in the neck include muscles, bones, nerves, glands, blood vessels, trachea etc. can cause neck pain.

Causes of neck pain

·         Mechanical disorder – Spasmodic tort Collis, Cervical spondylitis.

  • Inflammatory – Ankylosing spondylitis, Polymyalgia rheumatica.
  • Malignancy – Myeloma, metastatic carcinoma.
  • Infection – Staphylococcal or other septic conditions, Tuberculosis.
  • Metabolic cause – Osteomalacia

·         Cervical spine stenosis

·         Whip lash injury

·         Stress

Symptoms associated with neck pain

  • Stiffness especially in the neck
  • Numbness, weakness and tingling in the arms.
  • Restricted movement of head and neck.
  • There may be fever along with vomiting in case of “MANINGITIS”.
  • Soreness and cramps in the region of neck.
  • If pain persist for a long time period can lead to anxiety, irritability, depression and insomnia.

Diagnosis

  • History of complaints – Include history of injury, location, duration, intensity and extension of pain.
  • Physical examination – Examination of movement, stiffness, joints, vertebral bones etc.
  • Neurological examination – Include reflexes strength, sensation etc, if any abnormality detected may be due to cervical spondylosis, herniated disc, cervical spine fracture.
  • Blood test – Complete blood count, ESR, Thyroid function test, Rheumatoid factor, blood culture.
  • X-ray cervical spine -To detect arthritis, cervical fracture
  • CT scan, MRI – To diagnose damaged vertebrae, spinal stenosis and nerve root compression.

Treatment of Neck Pain

Type of treatment will depend on whether neck pain is caused by activities, an injury, or any other medical condition, In case of neck pain rest should be advised first.

Homeopathic treatment of neck pain – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat neck pain but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for neck pain treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the pain. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the treatment of neck pain:

  • Calcaria Flour. – Indurated cervical glands, patient is sensitive to cold, damp weather and worse during rest, ameliorated by heat.
  • Causticum. – Swelling of cervical glands, tension and stiffness in nape of neck
  • Caulophyllum. – Stiffness of nape of neck, cutting pain when closing hand.
  • Gnaphalium. – Sharp cutting pain in anterior cervical nerve, aggravation on lying down and relieved when sitting.
  • Fluoric Acid. -  Rigidity and pain in nape of neck, weakness lameness and numbness of forearm and neck.
  • Hypericum. – Excellent remedy for nerve pain.

Allopathic treatment – Include analgesics, NSAIDs, muscular relaxants.

Other effective modes of treatment – Include Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, Acupressure, Stress management, Meditation etc

SHOULDER PAIN

Shoulder pain is a quite common medical condition which involves mainly muscles, bones, tendons, nerves and ligaments. Shoulder joint is one of the most delicate joint of our body which is very much susceptible to external impressions and forms by the articulation between humerus, scapula and clavicle. Shoulder pain can radiate to other parts like arm, fingers and also can come from other parts as a referred pain in certain medical conditions.

Causes of shoulder pain -

Shoulder dislocation – Occurs when there is dislocation between scapula and humerus bone.

Frozen shoulder – In which movement of the shoulder becomes restricted.

Arthritis – Include osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Shoulder fracture – Brakeage of bone which results from injury or trauma.

Shoulder separation – Caused due to separation of A-C joint

Ligament or tendon rupture – A result of injury causes severe shoulder pain.

Carcinoma – Of the upper end of humerus

Bursitis – In which there is inflammation of the bursa causes shoulder pain

Sprain or overstretching – This is a very common cause of shoulder pain.

Symptoms associated with shoulder pain -

·         Swelling

·          Tenderness

·         Stiffness

·         Disability to move shoulder properly

Diagnosis

  • General examination – Examination of joint, stiffness, movement.
  • X-ray – To detect fracture or osteoarthritis
  • MRI scan – To diagnose ligament rupture and other associated complaints.
  • Ultrasound scan – To detect tendonitis.

Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Homeopathic treatment of shoulder pain – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat shoulder pain but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for shoulder pain treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the pain. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the treatment of shoulder pain:

  • Bryonia Alba. – Pain with inflammation which, is aggravated by movement and relieved by moderate pressure and rest.
  • Rhus Tox – Shoulder pain especially due to overstretching or over lifting.
  • Arnica Mont. – Shoulder pain with sore, bruised feeling caused due to an injury from blunt instrument.
  • Hypericum – Excellent remedy for nerve pain.
  • Sticta Pul. – Rheumatism of right shoulder blade or joint.
  • Gratiola. – Rheumatic and gouty pains in shoulder.
  • Lycopersicum – Pain in the right deltoid is marked.
  • Alumina silicate. – Pain in the shoulder, pain travels from below to upward.

Allopathic treatment – Include analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscular relaxants. Surgery is applicable in some specific cases.

Other effective modes of treatment – Include Physiotherapy, Ayurveda, Acupuncture, massage, yoga, acupressure

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