Most neck pain occurs in the occipital, cervical or upper back area. Most cases of neck pain are self-limiting sprains or strains. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by impact from the rear such as a motor vehicle accident. This may result in fracture, subluxation, joint instability, disc herniation or facet impingement. Disc herniation may cause never numbness or weakness down the arm. Arthritis, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis also cause neck pain.
Spinal stenosis can also occur in the cervical region. As the spinal canal shrinks the nerves that go through it are squeezed. This may cause neck pain or arm pain, numbness and weakness. Arthritis, falls, accidents and wear and tear on the bones and joints in the spine play a part in stenosis. Spinal stenosis is found most often in those over 50 due to aging.
Degenerative Disc Disease, OA – See separate information page
Standard medical treatments:
NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory drugs)
Ice packs/heating pad
Supportive and alternative treatments:
Magnesium – muscle relaxant
Bromelain – enzymatic anti-inflammatory
Glucosamine sulfate – well researched anti-inflammatory
Serrapeptase – enzymatic anti-inflammatory and dissolves scar tissue
Traumeel – combination remedy for inflammation and would healing
Zeel – combination remedy for arthritic joint pain
Symphytum – for bone and periosteum healing
Hydrotherapy – hot epsom salt soaks, herbal warm packs
Analgesic packs – castor oil, hemp oil, Chinese herbal liniment
Rolfing – deep tissue massage
Neck Pain and Cannabis
Cannabis is helpful for muscle spasm of the neck muscles, pain and inflammation. It can be used internally and/or topically, applied directly to the affected area, to provide relief without psychoactive effects.
A prominent California Orthopedic Surgeon supports the use of cannabis to treat pain in his patients. “I can state confidently, as a physician with an extensive practice and specialized expertise in pain management, that marijuana can prove (and has proven) medically useful to at least some chronic pain patients. Cannabis can serve at least two important roles in safe, effective pain management. It can provide relief from the pain itself (either alone or in combination with other analgesics), and it can control the nausea associated with taking opiod drugs, as well as the nausea, vomiting and dizziness that often accompany severe, prolonged pain.”