Neck pain can occur at any time, making it difficult to turn your head, drive, or even lie down. At From Pain To Wellness LLC, James Gruft, MD, FAAPMR, DABPM, Stacie Wharton, PA, and the team have years of experience diagnosing and treating neck pain. Using a combination of comprehensive medication management, physical therapy, and holistic treatments, the team can help you feel better. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online.
Neck pain refers to any aching, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects the cervical spine –– the seven vertebrae above the shoulders that support your head.
Your neck contains bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These hard and soft tissues work together, allowing for a full range of motion, but they’re susceptible to inflammation and injuries.
Most cases of neck pain are mild and resolve on their own with conservative, at-home treatments. If your pain persists or interferes with your ability to work or exercise, don’t wait to seek professional help.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Other less common causes of neck pain include congenital abnormalities, infections, and tumors.
To diagnose neck pain, the team at From Pain To Wellness LLC reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a comprehensive physical exam. If you’ve recently suffered an injury or been involved in an accident, let your provider know, even if it doesn’t seem related.
If a physical exam isn’t enough to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort, the team might order additional imaging studies or laboratory panels, including blood tests, X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, MRI or electromyography. Electromyography assesses the health of your muscles and the nerves that control them.
Treatment of neck pain depends on the underlying cause and the intensity of your symptoms. At From Pain To Wellness LLC, the team usually recommends a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and comprehensive medication management.
If you experience mild or moderate neck pain, the team might recommend ice and heat therapy, rest, or physical therapy. If your symptoms persist or worsen, the team might recommend corticosteroid injections, prescription pain medication, or muscle relaxants.
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve tension and inflammation, allowing your body’s natural healing process to take place.
There’s no way to prevent neck pain entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by practicing good posture, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, and eating a balanced diet. If you’re an athlete or work a physically demanding job, it’s also important to practice good posture when playing or lifting.
To receive treatment for neck pain, make an appointment at From Pain To Wellness LLC. Call to speak with an administrative staff member or click the online booking tool.