Helping Your Neck Pain
What is Cervical Pain?
More commonly referred to as neck pain, cervical pain is an extremely common medical issue that can originate from a number of sources. In a given year, doctors around the country receive over 10 million complains of neck pain. Cervical pain can be felt at any or numerous points in the neck.
Causes of Neck Pain
There are a variety of causes of neck pain. Some of the most common conditions that directly contribute to neck pain include:
- Neck injury or accident (e.g. – car crash)
- Neck strain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched nerve
- Virus and disease
- Sleeping position
Identifying What Causes Your Neck Pain
The first thing you should do is begin to keep a pain journal and document each instance of neck pain. Be very specific and include the thing you were doing when the pain set in. This will help pinpoint direct causes that aggravate the condition.
Next is to make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to schedule a series of tests to determine the underlying cause of your neck pain. Tests will begin with a standard medical history review and progress to pain tests. Your doctor may even include x-rays and scans.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Neck Pain
Unless there is a very serious concern, your doctor will not consider surgery until all other options have been exhausted. Instead, your doctor will focus on non-invasive procedures including the following:
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Meditation training
- Over-the-counter medication
- Prescription medication
- Electro-stimulation therapy
Again, if all of these options do not provide relief, your doctor may recommend surgery or a minimally invasive procedure such as an electrode implant for pain.