How to Treat Neck Pain
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints we see in patients. Whether it’s caused by whiplash, a sports-related injury, or poor sleeping habits, neck pain can be downright debilitating. Depending on the cause and severity of your pain, our staff and skilled physicians have an array of treatment options available to get you the pain relief you want and need.
The first step in treating any pain in the neck is diagnosing the problem. If you’re coming to us following a car accident or sports-related injury, we’re most likely going to request an X-ray. If there is physical damage, we need to know the exact location and severity. However, we are always optimistic and hope that any X-ray taken is precautionary, revealing no structural damage has occurred.
In some cases, patients come to our office without experiencing trauma. We’ve all slept on our neck the wrong way and the pain caused by a crick in the neck can be severe. We’ll work with you to not only alleviate pain you have today, but to help prevent cricks from occurring in the future. If the origin of your neck pain in unknown, we’ll help uncover any possible causes. Our experienced staff has seen it all over the years and we’ll do all we can do find the answer.
Treatment Options to Relieve Neck Pain
Our approach to treatment is two-fold: find the cause and alleviate the pain. We’re great at relieving patients of neck pain, but unless we uncover the cause and educate you on preventing future problems, we haven’t done our job.
Some of the basic remedies we recommend to patients include over-the-counter medications, applying heat and ice, and of course rest. However, most patients that make it to our office have already exhausted these treatment options. If these remedies have failed to eliminate symptoms, other treatments we may recommend include:
- Massage Therapy
- Physical therapy
- Spinal adjustments
- Stretches and exercises
If your injury is the result of sudden trauma such as whiplash, your treatment will likely include a combination of all of these options as each one is important to rehabilitation. At the end of your treatment we want you to be able to say that you’re pain free and that your neck is stronger now than it was when you first came to us.
No matter how frustrated you are with the lack of success of at-home treatment remedies, pain relief may be closer than you think. We encourage you to contact us at 386-775-6879 and make an appointment so we can start finding a treatment that works today.