Neck pain is a common complaint that can be caused by many things – including poor posture, arthritis, or a serious medical condition. Benign neck pain typically improves readily with at-home treatment. If yours persists, it’s important to seek professional help.

WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN?

Muscle strain

Poor posture while reading, working at a computer, or using your cellphone can result in a painful muscle strain in the neck.

Osteoarthritis

With osteoarthritis, the neck cartilage deteriorates over time. In response, your body forms bone spurs that limit your range of motion and cause pain.

Compressed nerve

This condition develops when a herniated disc or bone spur presses against nerves in the area.

Diseases

A number of diseases, from meningitis to cancer, are associated with ongoing neck pain.

THE DIAGNOSIS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Step 1: Exam

Our neck pain diagnostic process always begins with an exam. After taking your medical history, we will test your range of motion and assess your neck for tenderness, weakness, and numbness.

Step 2: Imaging tests

From there, we will order an x-ray, CT scan, and/or an MRI, depending on your symptoms. An x-ray will allow us to check for bone spurs, while a CT scan and MRI can create detailed images of your soft tissues.

Step 3: Blood tests

In some cases, a blood test may also be necessary to check for an infection that could be related to your symptoms.

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OUR TREATMENT APPROACH

Our treatment for neck pain is multi-faceted and completely tailored to your needs. Our goal is always to resolve your pain at the root – rather than simply masking symptoms.

Depending on your diagnosis, your treatment will involve a blend of the following approaches:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery (rare)
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic care
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