Neck Pain Treatment
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is extremely common in society and can range from mild soreness to severe pain. When people experience neck pain, this is mostly due to poor posture and typically relieves itself within a few days. However, in some cases neck pain is associated with weakness in the arms or numbness/tingling which could indicate a more serious condition.
If your neck pain continues more than a week and accompanies other symptoms, we recommend you contacting our office to schedule a consultation.
Neck Pain Symptoms
Neck pain symptoms can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard for patients to move. Some common signs and symptoms include the following:
- Pain that worsens when holding your head in one place for long periods. This can include while driving or sitting at a computer
- Muscle tightness and spasms at and around the neck
- Decreased ability to move your head
Neck pain can start on its own, or it could be a result of lifting something too heavy and it can continue to worsen. The DFW Center for Spinal Disorders can help relieve the neck pain you may be experiencing.
Causes of Neck Pain
- Poor posture – Patients who tend not to hold their necks upright with good posture can lead to asymmetric pressure on their discs over time, causing wear and possibly neck pain.
- Injury – The neck is vulnerable to injury from a simple fall in patients with poor bone quality or high velocity injuries such as car and motor vehicle accidents that can fracture the bones in the neck possibly leading to neurologic injury if the spinal cord or nerves are affected.
- Smoking – Tobacco use degenerates the intervertebral discs, which can be a cause of neck pain. Smoking slows down healing, leading to a greater chance that the neck pain becomes chronic.
- Occupation – Jobs that involve heavy lifting/twisting or bending have a higher chance of leading to neck pain for employees.
Neck Pain Treatment Options
Treatment for patients who have neck pain can range from a few days of mild activities all the way on the other end of the spectrum to surgery. Patients with significant neck pain from an accident could possibly require a brace or surgery to properly realign the spine, fixate the fracture and properly decompress the spinal cord or nerves.
Mild Neck Pain Treatment
Patients with mild neck pain symptoms can receive postural training, medications starting with oral anti-inflammatories, therapy, massage, braces, and possibly chiropractic treatment. We encourage you to click here to view helpful neck exercises by the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, & Risk. These exercises can help make your neck more flexible and strong.
Neck Pain Patient Testimonial
“Neck surgery done in November 2015 and definitely very successful one. What a relief from the chronic pain after the neck surgery. In my dictionary that is the real doctor who can free his patient from the daily torture . How can I forget to mention Victory Hospital and of course the excellent staff who has given me new life!”
When Should I Call My Doctor?
If your neck pain is associated with symptoms such as:
- Weakness in your arms
- Changes in your bowel/bladder
- Unintentional weight loss
You should also seek the assistance of a medical professional or specific spinal specialist when the pain fails to improve with light activities for a few days.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing neck pain and are interested in seeking treatment, contact our office today at 817-916-4685 to schedule a consultation. The DFW Center for Spinal Disorders serves Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.