Neck pain is so common that it has entered our everyday language to describe any kind of annoyance. But for those suffering from neck pain, it can be much worse than an inconvenience. At Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida, the expert team of physicians and neurosurgeons can help you find long-term relief. If neck pain is hindering your life, call the practice.
Usually, neck pain gradually improves with at-home care. If your pain hasn’t improved over several days, it’s time to visit the Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute. Symptoms that require a doctor’s attention to your neck pain include:
If your pain or any of these symptoms may be due to a recent traumatic injury, like a fall, car accident, or diving accident, seek immediate care.
While poor posture can be corrected to help you prevent pain, there are a number of more proximal possible causes of your neck. These may include:
Car accidents resulting in whiplash may be responsible for your neck pain. Less commonly, certain diseases like meningitis or cancer can also cause neck pain.
The Re3 physicians perform a physical examination of your neck. They check for tingling, sensitivity, numbness or weakness and assess your ability to move your head forward, backward, and side to side. Further examination may require imaging, blood, or muscle tests for accurate and precise diagnosis.
Treatment can come in several forms.
If the pain is acute, Re3 may recommend a regimen of over-the-counter pain medication, heat pads, and rest. In more chronic cases, prescription medication, like muscle relaxants, physical therapy to correct posture and relieve pain, or electrical stimulation to alleviate pain may be suggested.
The physicians may also prescribe short-term immobilization with a soft collar worn for a few hours a day for 1-2 weeks or sessions with traction, which involve weights and pulleys being used to gently stretch your neck and reduce pressure on your nerves.
In the more extreme cases where there is unrelenting pain, obstruction of your nerves, or structural problems, Re3 may recommend minimally invasive procedures, like injection therapies and neuromodulatory treatments, or surgery.
Injection therapies include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy, which both concentrate your body’s own natural healing process on your neck. Other injection therapies include corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and pain.
Neuromodulatory treatments include spinal cord stimulation, which uses low-level electrical signals to alter pain signaling from your back to your brain.
If your home care efforts aren’t successful in lessening your neck pain, or if the pain recurs, schedule a consultation with the Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute team.