Isaiah 21:3 - At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
You turn your neck and, “Ouch! That hurts!” A pain in the neck can signal that something is wrong that needs to be addressed.
The cause of cervical pain can simply be the way you slept the night before. Sometimes it’s caused by your pillow and you may find purchasing a new one remedies the problem. There are many choices in pillows and they can be specifically designed to fit the contour of your neck thus erasing the problem.
Other times it’s your mattress that’s the culprit; if your mattress is no longer supporting your body properly it may be that it’s time to trade it in for a new one. There are a variety of mattresses. You can purchase a standard mattress or you can choose one such as those made of memory foam or having magnets scattered throughout the mattress.
Another cause for neck aches can be you may have strained your neck. Perhaps the muscles are too tight caused by stress in your life. Other times it may be due to an injury or overuse. A trip for physical therapy or a massage may help remedy this kind of neck pain.
But other times it can be that there is damage to the spine. Compressed or herniated discs can cause the most pain and may mean a trip to your doctor to confirm what has happened. In this case, you may be prescribed a prescription medication for pain or as in the case of a strained neck your doctor may send you also for physical therapy. In the worst cases, you may need to have surgery to repair the damage.
Take a look at the article on medicinenet.com titled, “Neck Pain (Cervical Pain),” which lists the symptoms, causes and treatment of neck pain. I have listed some of them above, others are discussed in this article such as degenerative disc disease and whiplash. Some of the treatments discussed are local injections of cortisone or anesthetics, as well as exercises and stretches.
In the Bible verse above it talks about how the writer’s body was raked in pain and it was like a woman in labor. Chronic neck pain untreated can leave us at our wits end. It is then that we must seek out God for wisdom as to when we should see a doctor and which treatments might be chosen. God cares about your neck and all of the pain you experience. You only need to ask for his help and he will freely give it.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.