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Cervicalgia: open day at the ‘Sandro Pertini’ MiniHospital on November 25th

On November 25th, the MiniHospital “Sandro Pertini” will host an open day on physiotherapy with a focus on a more common problem than one might think: cervicalgia. Thanks to the support of our excellent physiotherapists, it will be possible to undergo a free evaluation, upon reservation through the MiniHospital’s secretary at the following number:

+39 0587 609134.

Two physiotherapists will be available in the morning (Dr. Francesca Colombini and Dr. Romina Vargiu) and two physiotherapists in the afternoon (Dr. Ilaria Mariancini and Dr. Jennifer Pratelli).

What is the cervicalgia, how does it present?

Cervicalgia, commonly and mistakenly referred to as “cervicale,” typically manifests as varying degrees of pain in the neck area. Starting from the neck, the pain can extend to the shoulders (trapezius and levator scapulae muscles) and, in some cases, even to the arms, making basic movements difficult.

Cervicalgia can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as headaches. Specifically, cervical pain may be associated with the following disorders:

Headaches  Stiff neck and neck rigidity Jaw pain Cervical radiculopathy with altered reflexes, tingling, numbness, and weakness in one arm Balance problems and dizziness.

What are the most common causes of cervicalgia?

In most cases, cervicalgia is due to tension and contractions of the muscles in the cervical area resulting from incorrect posture and/or repetitive movements, often performed in the workplace. Incorrect posture refers to maintaining fixed positions, such as holding the head forward or rotated for long periods without ever changing.

Other frequent causes are also issues with the temporomandibular joint (resulting, for example, from bruxism and teeth clenching).

Other causes may include traumas (for example, whiplash from a car rear-end collision), cervical discopathy, arthritis, and arthrosis.

Finally, excessive stress can be a triggering factor when already suffering from cervicalgia.

How to act

Initially, it is useful to consult with your doctor for any pharmacological therapies aimed at reducing the pain in case it becomes particularly intense. As a second step, relying on a physiotherapist is the best solution. A competent professional will be able to assess the most suitable treatment to reduce pain, stiffness, movement deficits, and any tingling and dizziness, as well as perform appropriate manual therapy combined with therapeutic exercise.

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