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Neck Pain

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your neck — the joint that connects your head to your upper body. Neck pain can result from injuries, arthritis, or other chronic diseases. Treatment with the Life Balance Pain Care team can offer relief and give you a better quality of life.

What are the symptoms of neck problems?

Neck pain can range in severity from mild to severe. You may notice the following:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tightness
  • Dull pain
  • Sharp or shooting discomfort
  • Warmth
  • Redness

If your neck pain is ongoing or debilitating, you don’t have to live with it. See Life Balance Pain Care team for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for neck pain?

While neck pain can happen to anybody, some factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include:

  • Worn joints
  • Muscle strains or aches
  • Nerve compression
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic diseases
  • Sports injuries
  • Auto-accident injuries 
  • Heavy lifting
  • Bad posture
  • Poor workplace ergonomics

Ways to reduce your risk of neck pain include using good posture, taking frequent breaks from working at a computer, not smoking, sleeping in a comfortable position, and not carrying heavy bags on your shoulder. 

How does my doctor determine the cause of neck pain?

To find out what’s causing your neck pain, Life Balance Pain Care team discusses your medical history and symptoms. They evaluate your neck during a physical exam and may recommend blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures. 

What are common neck pain treatments?

Common neck pain treatments available at Life Balance Pain Care include:

Home remedies

Home remedies include ice or heat packs, rest, or wearing a neck brace.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy exercises, stretches, and massages are natural pain-relieving solutions for neck discomfort. 

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine includes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood and stem cells that help your body generate new cells and heal naturally.

Injections

Your pain specialist offers various injections to reduce inflammation and back pain. Examples include corticosteroid and epidural steroid injections. The steroid injection is essentially pain free, as a numbing agent (Lidocaine/Bupivacaine) is used to minimize discomfort.