Neck pain can throw a wrench in the course of your normal daily routines and make it hard to concentrate on your family and work obligations as well as the things you love to do most. At Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California, advanced diagnostic and treatment tools help your team of physiatrists address your neck pain. If you’re ready to take action, spend a few moments on the online booking page or call the office to set up a consultation today.
You may not give much thought to this relatively small area of your body, but your neck is a complex structure of bones, joints, connective tissues, muscles, nerves, organs, and blood vessels.
When something goes wrong in any of these components, pain is the likely outcome. Some of the common causes of neck pain include:
Even something as simple as poor posture or too many hours hunched over a computer keyboard can lead to serious neck pain.
The best way to prevent neck pain is to reach and maintain optimal health. When your body is functioning at a high level it can react to minor injuries effectively.
Avoid participating in activities for which your body is not properly conditioned. It takes time to build the strength and endurance needed for certain fitness or recreational pursuits. When beginning a new sport or activity, take time to find the right protective gear.
Many types of neck pain can be avoided by improving your posture and adjusting your sleep position. If you spend a significant amount of time sitting or looking at screens, take periodic breaks and perform simple neck stretches to avoid injury or strain.
It isn’t possible to avoid all types of neck pain. If you experience pain that is severe or lasts longer than a few days, come in for a diagnostic exam right away.
In some cases, a period of rest and self-care is enough to give your body a chance to heal after a minor neck strain or injury. Physical therapy can also help and has the added benefit of strengthening the muscles that support your neck.
Medications can play a role in controlling pain and reducing inflammation. Injectable treatments like corticosteroid shots, BotoxⓇ, facet joint injections, and trigger point injections can be effective.
The team at Spine & Sports Medical Group also offers the latest spinal treatment options. Facet rhizotomy is a great example — it uses a carefully controlled electrical current delivered via injection to sever nerves that transmit pain signals to your brain.
Cervical laminoplasty is a surgical technique that creates space in the bone surrounding your spinal cord to relieve compression and enhance the flow of spinal fluid. This is one of many surgical solutions available to address neck pain.
If you’d like to learn more about how to find lasting relief from neck pain, call or schedule an appointment with Spine & Sports Medical Group using the online booking tool.