Neck and cervical pain is a potentially disabling and common condition that affects different components of the cervical spine as well as the shoulders. Most individuals with this condition will experience neck pain at least one or more times during their lives. Neck pain may even result in dramatic functional impairments and mobility issues. Therefore, cervical pain has been associated with increased cases of disability that detrimentally affect an individual’s ability to function properly at work and at home. Moreover, neck pain tends to be recurrent and a specific event that causes neck pain increases the susceptibility of experiencing frequent neck pain. The degeneration of muscle or tissue in the neck, which may gradually occur over time, often causes neck pain. However, ligament, muscle, or joint damage due to injury is also a primary cause of acute or persistent neck pain. Even though these types of problems commonly result in neck pain, sometimes the source cannot be accurately identified.
Conventional treatments such as pain relievers, acupuncture, and physical therapy have repeatedly been shown to improve the symptoms of almost all patients who are suffering from pain in the cervical spine. These treatment approaches aim at increasing a patient’s limited range of motion and elasticity in the neck muscles. However, additional research should be conducted to investigate the relationship between psychological aspects (e.g., emotions) and the response to pain as this may also help doctors select the appropriate treatment.
Additional alternative as well as unconventional treatment approaches may also be performed for resistant pain. These include steroid injections, biofeedback training, and spinal cord stimulation with implants. Scar tissue removal may also be targeted through the use of specific techniques (e.g., vertebroplasty) that are minimally invasive. A number of novel approaches have demonstrated the ability to effectively reduce neck pain. Talking with a clinician is an important step in receiving the best medical care for your pain.
Global Neuro & Spine Institute physicians are double and triple-board certified, fellowship trained, and remain on the cutting edge of technology. In our practice, we use the most advanced techniques and the highest standards to develop an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan for each of our patients. We are also very proud of our policy to place great importance on educating those we treat, while addressing any questions or concerns that may exist.
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