While occasional pain in your neck is generally nothing to worry about, persistent neck pain is a serious issue. At Northeast Ohio Spine Center in Akron, Ohio, spine specialist, Mark Grubb, MD, offers comprehensive care for a variety of conditions, including arthritis and herniated discs, that cause chronic neck pain. Dr. Grubb uses on-site diagnostics to identify the cause of pain and customizes your treatment plan to resolve pain with non-surgical therapies and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Find out more about your options for treating neck pain by calling Northeast Ohio Spine Center or by requesting an appointment online today.
Acute neck pain lasting less than six weeks is typically the result of muscle overuse that leads to strains. Overuse-related muscle pain can occur from strenuous exercise, a lack of exercise, or poor posture.
When you have chronic neck pain that lasts for six months or longer, it may be due to an underlying condition that affects your cervical spine, or neck, such as:
If you have a fall or are in an auto accident, you may experience pain from whiplash. This condition describes muscle strain and tears that occur due to the forceful back and forth movements of your neck.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for neck pain at Northeast Ohio Spine Center if you can’t find relief with home care and rest.
Dr. Grubb can confirm the root cause of your neck pain through a physical exam, X-rays, and other diagnostic imaging tests. Once he understands your condition, Dr. Grubb customizes a care plan that focuses on relieving your pain and increasing the range of motion in your neck.
There are several treatment options Dr. Grubb uses to relieve neck pain. Initially, he focuses on noninvasive treatments, like chiropractic care and physical therapy, to stretch and strengthen the muscles supporting your cervical spine.
You may also benefit from wearing a brace to temporarily immobilize your neck and allow the muscles and soft tissues time to heal. Topical pain creams are available to minimize pain and help you feel more comfortable.
If you’re not finding relief with non-surgical treatments, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Grubb specializes in this type of surgery that requires only small incisions to repair damage or remove damaged tissues or excess bone without causing unnecessary trauma to your body.
Following minimally invasive spine surgery, you can expect to heal faster and with less scarring than after open surgery. You may also benefit from physical therapy to restore function in your cervical spine and prevent additional inflammation and pain.
To finally find relief from persistent neck pain, schedule a consultation by calling Northeast Ohio Spine Center or by requesting an appointment online today.