Neck pain is extremely prevalent. Numerous conditions can create neck pain including poor posture, osteoarthritis, and overuse of the neck muscles. The good news is that there are many ways to treat neck pain that can help relieve pain and increase mobility of the neck.
Sprain/strain injuries force less elastic "scar tissue" to be substituted for the usual healthy elastic tissue. This cycle can lead to chronic discomfort and even arthritis. It is important to obtain early and effective care, like the kind given in our office.
Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you may need to restrict your activity for some time, especially pain-causing movements or activities. Avoid heavy lifting and, particularly overhead activity, take frequent breaks from prolonged activity. You should apply ice for 10-15 minutes each hour following acute injuries. Heat may be helpful after several days or for more chronic types of pain. Ask for clear ice/heat advice from your doctor. Certain patients record partial sports-cream relief.
Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:
- Joint manipulation to decrease your pain, limit inflammation and ease muscle spasm.
- Therapeutic streching to restore your flexibility and ease pain.