There are many conditions and/or situations that can cause chronic neck pain. Additionally, there are a number of treatment options available at American Spine for patients experiencing this kind of pain. Depending on the condition, symptoms and pain severity level, our pain management specialists may recommend injections or a minimally invasive procedure for adequate pain relief. If you suffer from chronic neck pain, keep reading to learn more about some of the condition’s causes, how to prevent it, and what treatment options are available at American Spine.
As mentioned previously, there are a number of conditions and situations that can cause chronic neck pain in patients. The most obvious causes generally include a traumatic injury, overuse or a sprain/strain to the muscles in/around the neck. Other causes may include a herniated/damaged disc, a pinched nerve in the neck and/or cervical spinal stenosis. Pain that radiates down your arm or pain that accompanies numbness/tingling could indicate a disc herniation. Neck pain that develops slowly over time and flares up during certain activities could mean cervical spinal stenosis. Pain that is severe or prolonged should be looked at by a physician at American Spine.
Treatment varies depending on the cause and type of neck pain a patient is experiencing. Best case scenario, your symptoms are temporary and can be treated with nonsurgical care like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, or chiropractic manipulations. Worst case scenario, the pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments within 6 to 12 weeks, in which case minimally invasive procedures like injections and/or surgeries may be recommended. You can review endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery options by clicking “here” or you can check out some of the injections we provide “here.”
Prevention can come in very unusual forms like maintaining a good standing and sitting posture, stretching before workouts, sleeping on your back, practicing relaxing exercises and staying at a healthy body weight. Prevention can also come in more common forms like speaking with your American Spine physician about ways to reduce your risk of developing a degenerative vertebral disc disease or condition like spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis of the spine. Talk to your physician about effective ways to prevent chronic neck pain.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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