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21 May 2022
9 Lesser-Known Tips for Easing Neck Pain

9 Lesser-Known Tips for Easing Neck Pain

Here are 9 lesser known tips for easing neck pain which you should know if you often suffer from neck pain:

 

  • Opt for a neck supporting chair

    When you sit in a position leaning your head in the forward direction adds up the pressure exerted on your spine. Therefore, a small thing like maintaining your head in its natural position on the cervical spine would go a long way to relieve neck pain. Likewise, a headrest would come in handy for relieving neck pain. Thus, if you are an office worker, use a chair with a headrest to position your head at ease on the headrest such that the ears are relaxed above the shoulders.

  • Use a water pillow

    One of the common problems faced by the patients is a lack of proper sleep due to severe neck pain, which results in a disturbing day. Although there is no stated pillow for relieving neck pain from sleeping, many patients have had positive improvements using a water pillow. A water pillow gives more control over the pillow’s firmness required to relieve the neck pain. The firmness can be controlled by increasing or decreasing the amount of water. A pillow with higher water content will be firmer than the one with less water.

  • Visit a physical therapist

    A physical therapy session is considered one of the best ways to ease a sore neck caused due to a given injury. It is usually due to sports injury or some accident. Physical therapy for the neck would be beneficial in:
  1. Targeting improper posture or habits which result in pain 
  2. Teach you how to avoid reinjuries 
  3. Strengthen the back muscles to prevent injury

So get in touch with a physical therapist to relieve neck pain from sleeping

  • Try gua sha

    Gua sha is a Chinese traditional medicinal way to enhance blood flow and clear blocked energy, thus easing neck pain. A trained practitioner would use a spoon and short strokes on the painful area, relieving neck pain. Though there is no scientific proof behind this technique, Gua Sha has benefited many people to relieve neck pain from sleeping.

  • Spend some time in the pool

    Swimming is an excellent way to relieve neck pain as it is a low impact exercise. In addition, while swimming, the water, thanks to buoyancy, reduces the spine muscles’ stress. Depending on the reason, ask your doctor which swimming strokes would be the best way to relieve neck pain.

  • Meditation

    You should consider including medication for a few minutes every day to reduce stress levels and ease neck pain. Some meditation exercises include controlling breath and guided meditation, such as feeling that the neck pain moves out through the arms to the fingers and eventually moves out of your body.

  • Maintain a journal

    One of the common reasons behind neck pain is stress. Maintaining a journal helps express emotions, reducing stress levels and enhancing clarity. If you don’t prefer writing, you can try out audio recordings for the purpose.

Also, maintaining the journal would help you identify the common triggers that worsened your pain.

 

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

    The journey of finding what relieves neck pain and what triggers it can be exhausting and frustrating. A behavioural therapist would be helpful in how to take these challenges in a new way. With new ways to win over the challenge of relieving neck pain, you would be more motivated to follow your treatment.

    The scientific evidence on using cognitive behavioural therapy has had mixed results. However, some people have found it helpful to ease neck pain.

  • Posture while using your devices

    One of the most common causes of neck pain is improper posture while using mobiles, tablets, etc. Many fail to realise that improper posture while using the phone puts extra pressure on the cervical spine. Looking down to read from a phone or tablet for hours in a day makes the pain worse on the following day.

    Try to use a hands-free headset for calling. While texting or reading from the device, keep it at a higher angle than usual to ease neck pain. Always try to reduce the angle at which you have inclined your neck. Stay active and take breaks in between work. Stretch out your muscles and move around your neck to avoid stiffness.

 

Here we have discussed 9 lesser known tips for easing neck pain which would help you for sure. However, if you face continuous pain, it is better to seek medical advice. At Germanten Hospitals, our team of well-experienced doctors would ensure a speedy treatment and recovery for all your ailments. Contact us to know more.

 

02 Mar 2021
how to prevent Back pain?

How to Prevent Back Pain and Neck Pain?

Most of us in our lives have experienced falling asleep in a weird position and then waking up with the most annoying stiff neck. If you try to move your neck, it hurts so bad! Sometimes, other events such as injuries to the neck can also result in neck pain.

Similarly, at times we think of ourselves as superheroes and end up lifting something too heavy or we take a fall. There comes in our back pain. It can be short-term or chronic, depending upon various factors such as a sprain, a fracture, a medical condition such as spinal stenosis or arthritis and excess body weight. A sedentary lifestyle is also a great contributor to back pain. Nowadays, even younger people complain of back pain, which is a result of longer screen hours and incorrect posture.
What can we do in our daily lives to prevent pain in our necks and backs?

Here are a few tips to avoid neck pain –

1.A new pillow – Most of the time, our pillows are the reason behind our stiff necks. You may not even realise that you’re using the incorrect pillow. The pillow that supports your natural neck curve and keeps it aligned throughout the night is the best. With some trial and error, you’ll find the pillow that is best for you.
2.Correct sleeping position – We all love to sleep in varying positions that we find comfortable, but the best sleeping position is the one where your head, neck and body is in alignment. Try sleeping on your back and to take the strain off of your neck, place some pillows under your arms. You can also elevate your thighs by placing pillows under them. This position helps relieve neck pain, as well as prevent it.
3.Computer screen at eye level – To prevent neck pain, try to adjust the computer monitor’s height in such a way that you don’t have to look down. With laptops, this is difficult, so you can use a book to place beneath it, to raise the height to your eye level.
4.Use earphones or headphones – Everyone loves to multitask. Oftentimes, we’re busy cooking, using both our hands and talking on the phone simultaneously. Putting your phone between your ears and shoulders and tilting your head sideways can cause extreme neck pain, over time. Instead, use headphones or put your phone on speaker.
5.Correct posture while texting – All of us look down on our phones each day, every day and that strains our necks too much. Try to raise the phone to your eye level and ultimately, minimize screen time. It is beneficial, not just for the neck but also the wrists, spine and eyes.
6.Regular exercise and stretching – Exercising regularly is beneficial for the whole body, even the neck! It helps maintain a good posture and ultimately relieve the tension from our neck. Exercises such as the chin tuck help strengthen the neck muscles tremendously.

To prevent back pain, follow these tips –

1.Maintain your weight – When you gain excess weight, your centre of gravity shifts and that strains your lower back. Hence, it is very important to maintain your ideal weight.
2.Sleeping position – The correct sleeping position is not only beneficial for the neck but also for the back. Sleeping on your stomach is one of the worst positions and can cause a lot of back pain.
3.Avoid lifting heavy objects – We tend to lift objects by bending over the waist, which is an invitation for back pain and injuries. Instead, bend your knees and sit in a squatting position whenever you want to lift something.
4.Maintaining the correct posture – While standing up, keep your abdomen tucked in and your head should be held up. Try to pull your shoulders down from your ears. This posture is essential in avoiding back pain.
5.Strengthen your back – Doing back as well as abdominal exercises can help strengthen the muscles and minimise the chances of any back injuries and pain.
6.Improving bone health – Weaker bones lead to osteoporosis later in life, which causes back pain, especially for women. So, increase your intake of vitamin D and calcium by consuming items such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and green leafy vegetables for strengthening your spinal bones.
7.Stop smoking – People who smoke are more prone to back pain as compared to non-smokers. Blood flow to the spinal disks is restricted due to the consumption of nicotine. Smoking also weakens the back muscles, making it prone to injuries. Thus, to avoid back pain, one should stop smoking.

When all these remedies fail, consulting a doctor might be necessary. At Germanten Hospital, Hyderabad, various back and neck conditions such as sciatica, spinal stenosis, vertigo and spondylosis are treated non-surgically.

The team of doctors at Germanten Hospital consists of the finest neurosurgeons, orthopaedic spine surgeons, physical therapists as well as neuro physicians. Spinal surgeries and procedures are performed in a minimally invasive way here, to make it less painful for our patients. Our NABH-accredited hospital has over 200+ beds and the most advanced medical technology available. Germanten Hospital has been awarded the title of the Best Emerging Orthopaedic Hospital in India, by the Times of India in 2019. It has also been named as the Best Orthopaedic Hospital in South India by the Economic Times in 2021.  

The spinal surgery team at Germanten hospital is led by Dr Mir Jawad Khan, a well-known orthopaedic surgeon. He has over two decades of experience in the field. To celebrate his achievements and effort, he has been felicitated with the title of Best Doctor by the ex-CM of Joint Andhra Pradesh & Former Governor Tamilnadu, Shri Roshaiah Garu in 2018. In 2019, he was honoured with the Vaida Ratna Award by the Honourable Health Minister of Telangana, Shree Etala Rajendra. Germanten Hospital, Hyderabad is your go-to place for all spine-related problems!

19 Feb 2021

Non-surgical Treatments for Neck and Back Pain

Living with back and neck pain can be miserable, making it hard to enjoy those little moments in your life. Whether it is the sedentary lifestyle or a normal aging process, there can be many reasons for your back and neck pain. This type of pain can usually be treated through exercises and medications. However, what are you supposed to do if this doesn’t work?

If this is the case for you, you need some highly effective nonsurgical treatments that can help you get rid of the prolonged and severe back and neck pain. At Germanten Hospital, we can treat the following conditions non-operatively:


● Sciatica
● Spondylosis/Hiscs
● Lumbago
● Cervical & Lumbar Spondylosis
● Cervical & Lumbar Disc Prolapsed
● Vertigo
● Facet Arthropathy
● Degenerative Disc Disease
● Spinal Stenosis

Thanks to Germanten’s Research Collaboration with German Hospitals, we are able to be ahead of the other hospitals in the country. Through this partnership, we have access to German-based precision technology that facilitates the use of robotics and computer navigation for performing painless procedures. We have state-of-the-art equipment that ensures that our patients get the highest quality medical standards. Our team is highly trained and experienced in providing you with the best non-surgical treatments for back and neck pain. Here are a few of the Fluoroscopic, Ultrasound, Endoscopic, and CT Guided procedures that are used for back pain and sciatica:


● Balloon Neuroplasty, Selective Nerve Root Blocks & PRF of DRG
● Carpal Tunnel/Suprascapular/Lat. Cut N of Thigh/Inguinal Nerves Blocks
● Celiac Plexus/Splanchnic/Superior Hypogastric/Impar Blocks (RF/Chemical)
● Cervical & Lumbar Discography with Intradiscal Decompression (Hydrocision &
Endoscopic, Stryker Drill Dekompressor Arthrocare coblation, Biacuplasty)

● Facet (Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar) RF Denervation, Facet Joint Blocks
● Intrathecal/Epidural Catheter & Pumps, SCS & Lead Placement
● Lumbar/Cervical/Caudal/Transforaminal Decompression Neuroplasty with
Epidural Adhesiolysis
● Lumbar/Thoracic/T2, T3 Sympathectomy (RF/Chemical)
● Ozonucleolysis (Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar)
● Paravertebral & Psoas Compartment Block
● Piriformis & other Somatic Musculoskeletal Injections & other procedures of your
choice/interest
● SI Joint Block & RF Denervation
● Shoulder, Knee & Joint Blocks
● Stellate Ganglion Sympathectomy (RF/Chemical)
● Trigeminal/ Sphenopalatine/Glossopharyngeal RF/Chemical Blocks
● Vertebroplasty, Balloon Kyphoplasty, Sacroplasty

All the high-quality medical services and a dedicated team of surgeons has made Germanten Hospital a well-known name in the field. In 2019, Times of India graded it as the Best Emerging Orthopedic Hospital. It was also named as the Best Orthopedic Hospital in South India by Economic Times 2021. We also have specialized diagnostic facilities that offer laboratory, pathology, radiology, and imaging services. All the operation theatres have a high-advanced laminar airflow for total infection control. Germanten also offers the highest quality services in terms of postoperative rehabilitation. There are 200+ beds, high advanced ICU and critical care facilities that have a 24 hours anesthesia and critical care team. Here are some other facilities offered at Germanten Hospital that sets it apart from other hospitals:

● BrainLab Navigation system to ensure the precise surgical result
● Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring systems for disc lesion and sciatica surgery
● Microsurgery and fusion procedure under 3D Image intensifier with flat-panel
technology
● Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery using Lasers
● Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD)
● Spinal Endoscopy under local anesthesia

The brilliant orthopedic team at the Germanten Hospital is led by one of the most acclaimed orthopedic surgeons in the country, Dr. Mir Jawad Khan. He does an amazing job in leading the top medical professionals of the orthopedic field at Germanten. His commitment to delivering the best and 20+ years of working experience have earned him quite a reputation in the field. To celebrate his achievements and effort, he was awarded the title of Best Doctor by the ex-CM of Joint Andhra Pradesh & Former Governor Tamilnadu, Shri Roshaiah Garu in 2018. In 2019, he was honoured with the Vaida Ratna Award by the Honourable Health Minister of Telangana, Shree Etala Rajendra.

It’s because of Dr. Jawad’s efforts that Germanten has managed to advance the field of nonsurgical treatments for neck and back pain. Through the combined efforts of the team at the Germanten, patients are able to have a better and happier life. Also, it has helped Germanten become the top specialist hospital in Hyderabad for treating neck and back pain through non-surgical procedures. It offers a wide range of options that ensures that you get the best treatment at an affordable price.

Germanten aims to provide the highest quality of medical treatment for its patients. So, if you are experiencing back and neck pain and want a more substantial treatment than medications and exercise, you can contact the specialists at the Germanten Hospitals.

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