Physical Therapy Exercises for neck pain and Meningitis
Neck pain is not a rare problem. This happens all the time. We go through stiffness of neck a lot. But we should know that all the stiff neck problems are not same and they have various reasons behind why it might have happened. Mostly it has been found that stiff neck is caused by whiplashes (jerk or jolt in any kind of accident), a poor posture of the body, tears, and wears, or even due to a funny sleeping position.
But we should know that all the stiff neck problems are not same and they have various reasons behind why it might have happened. Mostly it has been found that stiff neck is caused by whiplashes (jerk or jolt in any kind of accident), a poor posture of the body, tears, and wears, or even due to a funny sleeping position.
Mostly it has been found that stiff neck is caused by whiplashes (jerk or jolt in any kind of accident), a poor posture of the body, tears, and wears, or even due to a funny sleeping position.
We will discuss the neck pain related to meningitis in this article and will provide with the exercises to perform for easing your stiffness on the neck. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain which can have serious complications. Meningitis is spread quite easily in a school-like environment.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain which can have serious complications. Meningitis is spread quite easily in a school-like environment.
- 1 What is meningitis?
- 2 Why does meningitis cause stiff neck?
- 3 Is Your Stiff Neck Due to Meningitis?
- 4 How to fix Meningitis?
- 5 Physical Therapy Exercises for neck pain
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is swelling or an inflammation of the protective membranes which cover the brain as well as the spinal cord.
This can be a viral as well as a bacterial infection and such infection in the fluid surrounding the brain can cause the swelling.
Cancer, injuries or certain drugs can also be the cause of meningitis. You need to know what the cause is for you to treat it accordingly.
Why does meningitis cause stiff neck?
This is a common question and quite confusing one as well. You do not simply get stiff neck as an aftermath of meningitis.
It is quite closely related than that. We know that meningitis is an infection in the fluid that connects to the brain and the spinal cord.
These are two of the most important organs in the nervous system and the whole body is connected to it through blood vessels.
This meningitis infects the brain and hence the whole nervous system in some way. As the neck is the start of the spinal cord and closest to the brain, it experiences one of the earliest symptoms of stiffness and discomfort.
This problem can give pain in the whole back if it goes untreated.
Is Your Stiff Neck Due to Meningitis?
There are a couple of things that can help in determining if your stiff neck is being caused due to meningitis.
First of all, if you have flu like symptoms and have a stiff neck along with it, this might just be it.
Meningitis starts with symptoms of the flu and works so quickly in complicating the things and causing a lot of complications in the body.
So do not rule out the possibility of having meningitis if you are experiencing stiff neck along with flu like symptoms.
You should test yourself if you have any doubts about your well-being and if you are having a stiff neck with worsening symptoms each day.
Here are some of the symptoms of meningitis that you may be able to match with your stiff neck problem.
This should help you determine if the stiffness of neck is caused solely by meningitis or any other posture problems or accidents. The symptoms that you should look for are:
- Sudden high fever: As mentioned earlier, flu symptoms can mean meningitis if it comes with a stiff neck. This is a flu symptom as well. If you find that you are heating up suddenly and having high fevers, then you should be alert that your neck stiffness is caused by meningitis so you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Severe headache: You might also experience a weirdly persistent headache that keeps on bothering and seems very severe. This is a meningitis symptom so you should test for it if you have this symptom.
- Nausea or vomiting: Feeling nauseated and urge to vomit is caused by a lot of things so you may not be right if you depend on this specific symptom but if it comes with other symptoms that are listed in this list, you should check for meningitis.
- Concentration problem and confusion: If you have problems in memorizing things and can’t keep your concentration, you might be having meningitis. Meningitis patients have problems of confusion and lack of concentration along with the neck problem. So, it should be clear.
- Sleepiness or difficulty walking: If you can’t wake early or you have difficulty walking and feel sleepy all the time this might be because of meningitis developed in the brain.
- Sensitivity to light: If you are highly sensitive to light, it might also mean that it is a symptom of meningitis. This is quite usual in the case of common cold and allergies but if the symptoms match with the other symptoms that have been listed here, you should be aware and proceed for further research about if you have the meningitis problem.
- Skin rash: People have reported about getting rashes on the skin due to meningitis. The skin rashes can be due to some skin problems without meningitis and you shouldn’t worry about it.
- No appetite or thirst: If you do not feel like eating anything and feel fatigued and you don’t even want to drink water, you might have meningitis. This is if you have the neck problem as well. All these symptoms come together and if a lot of symptoms match with your problem, you should immediately go see a doctor because meningitis is not a condition you should wait for itself to be right.
So, these should give you an idea of whether the neck pain and stiffness you are having are due to meningitis or not. If you doubt it is meningitis, do not wait and just go see a doctor immediately and have the tests done to confirm and go through the necessary treatments.
How to fix Meningitis?
We discussed the problem but how to fix it? Here are some of the ways we suggest you to consider to fix your problem.
Physiotherapy is mostly suggested in these cases. Although it is just an exercise in a more sophisticated environment with the use of some technology and machines, they are pretty helpful because you do it in the inspection of a health professional and it can’t go wrong if professionals are involved. People report a lot of improvement from physiotherapy.
You can always take pain-killers and other medicines recommended by your doctor. But always keep the side effects in mind and do not miss medicines if you are taking the certain dosage of antibiotics.
Resting can be one of the ways of fixing this stiffness of the neck. The neck can be stiff due to constant work and concentration on a computer or a video game. So, some good nap can be the best way to let it heal in this context.
Physical Therapy Exercises for neck pain
One of the best ways to treat the neck stiffness problem is to practice some exercises. Some of the exercises that are highly recommended for you to do your neck right are suggested below in a list along with the YouTube links so that you do not have a hard time figuring out how you do it.
Lie on the floor such that your legs are on a chair and make sure your knees and hips are at 90 degrees. Now, place the arms on the floor at 45 degrees making your palms up. This allows the neck muscles as well as the muscles of the upper back to release due to the position of the head and do this until your back settles to the floor. This can be tedious but you should do it for about 5-10 minutes.
Static Extension Position
Start yourself on all fours on a yoga mat and keep wrists under your shoulders as well as your knees under your hips. Now, walk your hands out about six inches in front of you, then shift your body forward so your shoulders stack right over your wrists. Your hips should now be about six inches in front of your knees. While doing this you must keep your elbows out straight and let your shoulder blades collapse. Let the head hang as well this is to release the neck and this is very important. Arch your back a little and hold this position for 2 minutes without bending your elbows.
Lie on the floor than scoot all the way into the wall as seen in the video with your legs straight up it. If you have stiff hamstrings, scoot back just until your tailbone rests on the floor flat. Pull your toes back and then tighten your thighs. Make sure that your feet are at hip-width apart are pointing straight out from the wall. Hold this position for around 3 minutes.
Sit on the floor such that your back is up against the wall also keeping your feet hip-width apart. Keep your shoulder blades together as well as down and tighten your thighs, now pull your toes back. Make sure that your feet remain straight. Your head should be strictly touching the wall. Hold this position for about 3 minutes.
Just lie floor keeping your feet together and your knees apart. Keep your palms up at 45 degrees on the floor. Now just relax there and let the low back arch off naturally and allow it to happen gradually. This will help in relaxing a lot of muscles as well as the jaw and it is best to not chew gum while doing the exercise to avoid irritation on the jaw.
In this way, you can do your neck right just with the help of some exercises. If you have meningitis, do not practice these methods unless you are suggested by the doctor.