Neck Pain Treatment Clinic Q&A
Neck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), joints, and the discs between the bones. Are you looking for an experienced neck pain specialist who can help you relieve your pain? Look no further than The Orthopedic Group! For more information, call us today or book an appointment online, if you are seeking an expert Orthopedic Care. We have convenient locations to serve you at Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, and Stone Springs VA.
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Neck pain can be very common for a couple of reasons, mostly having to do with posture as the neck is flexible and responsible for supporting the head. Poor posture as the result of hunching over a desk or work area, or leaning over a computer, can easily strain the muscles in the neck. Additionally, gritting your teeth or reading in bed, as minor as they are, can cause strain in the neck muscles. Another common cause of neck pain is osteoarthritis, which is caused by the deterioration of the cartilage between the vertebrae in the neck as a result of age. Nerve compression can cause neck pain if there are bone spurs or herniated disks in the vertebrae that press onto the nerves. And of course, injuries such as whiplash from a rear end car accident or diseases such as cancer, meningitis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause people to experience pain in their neck. It is rare that neck pain acts as a symptom of a more serious condition, however if the pain is accompanied by shooting pain in the shoulder or arm, loss of strength in the arms or hands, or numbness, it is a good idea to get checked over by a doctor.
Although most neck pain won’t be an indication of a serious condition that requires medical treatment, there are times when it can be worth a trip to the doctor to get checked over. Symptoms of neck pain that should be checked out by a doctor include:
• Pain that doesn’t improve with treatment at home.
• Severe pain that stems from an injury, such as a car accident, fall or diving accident.
• Severe pain.
• Is ongoing for several days without experiencing any relief.
• Spreads from the neck down to the arms or legs.
• Has additional symptoms such as headache, weakness, numbness or tingling.
While many people will think the symptom of neck pain is simply that, neck pain, it can actually show up in a couple of different forms. Neck pain can be a simple pain in any part of the neck but primarily along the vertebrae. This can get worse when your hold your head in one position for long stretches of time, most often when looking at a computer screen without moving your head or when driving. Neck pain can also be experienced in the form of muscle spasms and tightness in the neck or by a decrease in the ability, or complete inability, to move your head. Headaches can also be a symptom of neck pain as a result of strain on the neck that can spread up into your head, even if you aren’t experiencing pain in your neck. It can be a sign that something is off in the alignment of the vertebrae in your neck.
Most neck pain that is mild to moderate can be treated through self-care at home, with symptoms fading in about two or three weeks. In more severe cases, or if the neck pain doesn’t respond to at-home treatment, your doctor can recommend different treatments to try to relieve symptoms. Doctors may prescribe a stronger pain medication than what you have tried already, a muscle relaxant or tricyclic antidepressants that can be used for pain relief. Other options include physical therapy in order to correct alignment and posture, as well as providing exercises to strengthen the neck. Your doctor can help you determine if one of these methods is needed for your severe neck pain or if you have chronic pain that isn’t responding to other treatments. If you have neck pain, then we encourage you to reach out to our multidisciplinary medical team today. The Orthopedic Group offers treatments for neck pain and we care about your health and well being. We serve patients from Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Stone Springs VA, Ashburn VA, Sterling VA, Aldie VA, South Riding VA, Herndon VA, Winchester VA, Reston VA, and Chantilly VA.