Treating chronic neck pain

Chronic Neck Pain Treatments

Most of us are familiar with neck pain as a minor nuisance that occurs after sleeping in a funny position. It’s also common from poor posture and looking down at a computer or phone screen for too long. This kind of minor neck pain usually lasts for no longer than a day and is treatable with light medication and rest.

Then there is chronic neck pain.

Chronic neck pain is usually characterized as long-lasting neck pain that recurs frequently and is more painful than normal neck pain. Usually, chronic neck pain is the symptom of another condition and is accompanied by other symptoms too. You should visit a medical professional for treatment if you have neck pain that is joined by any of these other symptoms:

  • Loss of mobility in the neck
  • Pain that radiates throughout the head, neck and shoulders
  • Weakness and numbness in the neck and shoulders
  • Nausea, dizziness and headaches
  • Fever

Unlike minor neck pain, chronic neck pain cannot be treated with rest and over-the-counter medication. Your doctor should be able to identify the cause of your neck pain and recommend a course of treatment.

Treatments for chronic neck pain

There are many kinds of chronic neck pain that affect people in different ways. Your physician will recommend a treatment that’s right for you based on your needs and the severity of the pain. These treatments often include:

  • Muscle relaxants — Muscle relaxants are medications that help reduce the severity of pain caused by muscle spasms in the neck.
  • Prescription painkillers — These painkillers are more powerful than what you can find in a convenience store. These may be prescribed if your neck pain is severe.
  • Corticosteroids — You may need corticosteroids if your neck pain is caused by arthritis. These help reduce inflammation in your immune system that may be damaging the cartilage in your spine.
  • Physical therapy — Physical therapists can help reduce neck pain in many cases related to the muscles, bones, and connective tissues. Physical therapy treatments can help strengthen and stretch the muscles and connective tissues in the neck. This provides better support for your neck and head, which can reduce pain in the neck.

Contact Armor Physical Therapy for chronic neck pain treatment

The physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy have years of training and experience in treating neck pain. Our treatments can help reduce your neck pain with few side-effects and can eliminate the need for surgery and other invasive treatments.

Would you like to talk to one of our team members about treating your neck pain? Contact us today to schedule your consultation.