Treatments for Neck Pain
Pain in the neck can be sore, tender, dull, sharp or stabbing. Depending on the underlying condition, neck pain can make turning the head difficult or even impossible. Treatments for neck pain depend on the condition causing the pain and might include physical therapy, oral and topical medications or injections. The compassionate care providers at Balcones Pain Consultants are experts in diagnosing neck pain causes and determining an appropriate and effective treatment plan.
Biofeedback and Acupuncture for Treating Neck Pain
Biofeedback is a noninvasive technique involving electrical sensors that provide information about bodily functions like heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. Patients can use this information to make subtle bodily changes, such as relaxing certain muscles, to reduce pain and improve their health. Biofeedback can be recommended by your healthcare provider to treat neck pain related to tension headaches and other conditions.
Acupuncture, another noninvasive technique that can be effective in treating neck pain, is an ancient healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body with extremely fine, sterile needles to promote the natural healing process. This technique can be a beneficial component of treatment for neck pain and stiffness due to arthritis and other chronic conditions.
Treatments for Neck Pain Due to Injury
Neck pain from whiplash injuries can be treated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or other pain medications along with muscle relaxants, cold applications and collars or braces to provide stability. Ultrasound and massage can also play an important role in whiplash injury recovery. Treatment for neck pain due to a muscle strain or ligament strain is similar to whiplash treatment. Physical therapy that includes gentle stretches can also promote long-term recovery from neck sprains and strains of any type.
Neck pain from torticollis (also called wryneck) can be treated with gentle stretches to lengthen neck muscles and tendons and improve range of motion. Muscle relaxants, pain medications and injections can also relieve the pain associated with this condition. In rare and severe cases, surgery may be required.
Treating neck pain from compression fractures of the spine, which are often related to osteoporosis, involves rest and pain medication along with cold and heat therapy. Any underlying conditions that caused the compression fracture will also need to be treated. In some cases, treatment for neck pain from a compression fracture will require surgery.
Treatments for Neck Pain Due to Nerve Damage
Treatment for neck pain due to irritated, compressed or damaged nerves generally involves oral pain medication, antidepressants or skin patches that provide temporary, localized pain relief. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and nerve blocks can also be quite effective at treating neck pain due to neuropathy or nerve damage.
Neck pain from herniated cervical discs can be treated with NSAIDs and other pain medications, gentle stretching and physical therapy exercises, chiropractic adjustments and cold and heat applications. Oral steroid medications can also relieve pain by reducing inflammation. In some severe cases, surgery on the affected discs may be necessary.
Treating neck pain from spinal stenosis typically includes NSAIDs and other medications along with physical therapy and exercise. Epidural steroid injections can also greatly reduce neck pain and inflammation associated with this condition.
Treatments for Neck Pain Due to Inflammatory or Degenerative Conditions
Treatment for neck pain due to cervical spondylosis, also known as neck arthritis or cervical osteoarthritis, might include wearing a cervical collar to limit neck movement. NSAIDs and other pain medications can also help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation, and physical therapy can play an important role in both pain reduction and overall recovery. Cold and heat applications can also be effective in treating neck pain due to arthritic conditions, as can steroid injections or nerve blocks. In rare cases, surgery may be recommended to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve.
Neck pain caused by degenerative disc disease can be treated with muscle relaxants and pain medications like NSAIDs along with gentle stretching and physical therapy exercises. Cold and heat therapy and chiropractic adjustments can also provide effective treatment, as can steroid injections and oral medications.
Neck pain from facet joint syndrome can be treated with physical therapy, heat or cold applications, chiropractic adjustments and NSAIDs or other anti-inflammatory pain medications. A cervical collar can also provide temporary pain relief by stabilizing the neck muscles and limiting movement.
Treatment for Neck Pain Due to Headaches, Cancer and Other Conditions
Treating neck pain from tension headaches generally involves medications such as NSAIDs, opioids or triptans, which block pain signals to the brain. Allergy medications can also help reduce pain when headaches are caused by an allergic reaction. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce neck and headache pain caused by irregularities in the cervical spine.
Neck pain from migraine headaches might be effectively treated with preventive drugs such as beta-blockers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications. Botox, massage, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and biofeedback can all play important roles in resolving neck pain due to chronic migraine headaches.
When neck pain results from post-laminectomy syndrome, also known as failed back syndrome, physical therapy, medications and pain management techniques can all help reduce or eliminate the pain.
Videos About Potential Neck Pain Treatments
- Caudal Steroid Injection
- Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
- Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy
- Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block
- Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
- Costovertebral Block
- Dekompressor Discectomy
- Facet Joint Injections
- Intrathecal Pump Implant
- Medial Branch Block
- PRP for Whiplash
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure)
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- Trigger Point Injections