Dealing with neck pain is no small thing. If you’re unable to turn your head comfortably, you’re not able to see, hear, or even smell the world around you all that easily. As a result, you experience difficulties with everything from driving your car to figuring out where your kids or pets ran off to.
As if the limitations on your life weren't bad enough, you’re also dealing with no small amount of pain.
About 80% of people have a bout with neck pain at least once in their lives, and many struggle with chronic issues. If you find yourself in this group and you’ve tried home remedies to no avail, you’re in the right place.
Our team here at Complete Neurological Care counts back and neck pain among our areas of expertise, and we’re here to help.
Let’s take a look at what might be behind your neck pain, why home remedies aren’t enough anymore, and what we can do to help.
Behind chronic neck pain
There are many drivers of neck pain, but we’re going to focus on those that are progressive — they worsen over time and it’s been weeks, months, and even years of discomfort.
Some of the more common culprits of progressive and chronic neck pain include:
- Bad posture (think tech neck)
- Degenerative disc disease, which can lead to herniated discs
- Cervical spinal stenosis
Again, this list isn’t comprehensive, but these conditions represent the lion’s share of cases of neck pain that we see at our practice.
What to do when home remedies fall short
What many of the conditions we outlined above have in common, aside from the neck pain, is that they can often become unresponsive to home remedies.
At first, icing and heating your neck or taking some ibuprofen might have done the trick. And you may have gotten good relief through some quick stretches.
But these days, the pain returns quickly or, worse, doesn’t go away entirely, and you’re frustrated, which is understandable.
This likely means that you’re not targeting the right problem or that your neck condition is progressively getting worse.
Whatever the case, your next best step is to come see us so we can properly diagnose the issue. When you treat neck pain at home, you’re taking a shot in the dark to some extent, since you don’t really know what you’re up against.
Through our comprehensive evaluation, which includes advanced imaging, we can pinpoint the problem to get you on the road to relief.
Many options for tough neck pain
To give you an idea about all that we can do to relieve your neck pain, we want to include a list of treatments that we routinely use to relieve neck pain. They include:
- Interventional injections
- Physical therapy
- Medications like muscle relaxers
- Radiofrequency facet joint ablation
It’s impossible to say here what might work for your neck pain, but we want you to know that there are many solutions that we can try.
If your life has been swallowed up by a literal pain in the neck, please contact one of our offices in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, or Margate, Florida, to schedule an appointment.