January 22, 2022

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How to Treat Neck Pain at Woodbury Spine in New Jersey

Neck pain can be excruciating and interfere with daily activities such as sleeping, working productivity, enjoying time with family and friends, and even cause disabilities. The pain is caused by muscle tension and strain, injury, heart attack, meningitis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, infection, and tumors. Most Woodbury neck pain is comprehensively diagnosed and treated by a team of experts at Woodbury Spine to restore your neck mobility and your quality of life for you to enjoy your daily activities without experiencing debilitating pain.

Neck Pain Treatment

After your doctor conducts a physical examination of your medical history and symptoms such as headaches, conduct tests through blood tests, CT scan, MRI, X-ray, lumbar puncture, and electromyography to determine the cause of your neck pain. The following treatment options may be recommended or administered to alleviate the pain:

Self-care

Your physician may recommend the following self-care if the pain is not debilitating or caused by trauma.

Short periods of rest to ease the pain, gentle stretches to loosen tightened muscles, and ice or heat packs to reduce swelling and pain.

Physical Therapy

It involves exercise programs that will strengthen and stretch the neck to reduce pain and stiffness. However, physical therapy exercises vary depending on your diagnosis; some may run throughout the week.

Prescribed Medication

Your physician may prescribe muscle relaxants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and short-term basis opioids to relieve pain.

Complementary Therapy

The following alternative treatments help in managing neck pain:

Acupuncture- Help to restore the flow of your body energy hence alleviating neck pain.

Massage- Releases muscle tension, reduces pain and inflammation.

Yoga and Pilates- Increases core strength, improves balance and posture, and reduces stress.

Chiropractic care- Help reduces neck pain caused by muscle spasms and pinched nerves through cervical manipulation.

Mindful Meditation

 Breathing exercises and distraction techniques help relax the body, reduce pain, and give you a sense of control over the pain.

Therapeutic Injections

The following injections help to ease neck pain:

Cervical epidural steroid injection- Cortisone steroid solution injected into your epidural space to reduce inflammation in the nerve roots and tissues caused by herniation and spinal degeneration.

Radiofrequency ablation- Place heat lesion near the sensory nerve of the facet joint to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.

Trigger point injections- Use of thin needles with a local anesthetic to calm irritated trigger points.

Facet joint nerve block injections- Include steroid and anesthesia to relieve pain and inflammation.

Spinal cord stimulation- Help to mask the pain sensation by electrical impulses.

Surgery

Surgery aims to decompress the nerve root, spinal cord, and stabilize the cervical spine. 

The neck surgeries include:

Cervical artificial disc replacement (ADR)- Replace the damaged disc with the artificial one to alleviate chronic neck pain.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)- Removal of a problematic disc from the cervical and maintaining spinal stability by cervical fusion.

Consult Your Neck Pain Specialist Today

Neck pain can be frustrating and cause simple tasks such as typing to become tedious chores since your neck has no mobility. Therefore, by booking an appointment with a team of experts at Woodbury Spine, you will be one step ahead of finding the root cause and best treatment options to help you get back to your daily activities without fear of debilitating pain.