Like a burden on your shoulders: cervical syndrome
If neck pain, a stiff neck or restricted head movement are caused by lying down incorrectly or by a cool breeze, they are usually only a temporary problem and worries are inappropriate. The situation is completely different with recurring or permanent tension in the cervical spine area. Since this leads to incorrect stress in the long term and, in the worst case, to premature wear of the intervertebral discs or consequential neurological damage, those affected should investigate the causes of this so-called cervical syndrome and seek orthopedic treatment.
"Frequent triggers of neck and shoulder pain are disorders of the articulated vertebral connections due to one-sided stress or psychological stress," reports Dr. Thomas Kramm from orthonet-NRW - an association of established orthopedic surgeons in North Rhine-Westphalia. Monotonous sitting postures and a lack of balancing movement lead to muscle tension, which often no longer subsides on its own. "Sometimes, however, mental problems such as the proverbial burden lie on the shoulders and trigger muscular blockages," explains Dr. Kramm.
The main aim of therapy for cervical syndrome is to loosen tense muscles and thus eliminate pain. Depending on the severity and type, orthopedic surgeons either use physical applications that have a relaxing effect or use manual therapy treatments. As a long-term measure, targeted, active spinal training is suitable for strengthening affected muscle groups. In addition, techniques can be learned that help those affected to improve their head mobility and integrate more activity into everyday life through targeted exercises. If the complaints are related to internal conflicts, relaxation techniques or psychological counseling can help.