Neck pain treatments can be non-surgical or surgical. Quite often, exercise or behavior modification is enough to help control many types of neck pain. However, you always should consider visiting your physician when you experience neck pain. Only a health care professional can diagnose the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the proper treatment.
The cause and severity of your neck pain will dictate the course of treatment to be prescribed. Your physician might initially recommend non-surgical or conservative treatments. Conditions like muscle strains, pinched nerves, bulging discs and others often can be treated non-surgically.
Here are several forms of non-surgical treatment commonly prescribed for neck pain:
- Neck pain exercises
- Pain medicine
- Epidural injections
- Behavior modification
- Physical therapy for neck pain
- Hot or cold pads
- Therapeutic massage for neck pain
Sometimes, conservative neck pain treatment is not enough. If chronic neck pain lingers despite weeks or months of non-surgical methods, you can speak to your physician or contact Laser Spine Institute (LSI) about your options for surgery for neck pain.
If your condition is associated with degenerative disc disease or other forms of nerve impingement in the cervical spine, your physician might recommend invasive open neck surgery, or a discectomy and vertebral fusion performed on the spine through a long incision on the front of the body. These types of surgery involve significant risk, a long hospital stay and a lengthy recovery.
At LSI, minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are available to treat many causes of back and neck pain. In performing foraminotomy, laminotomy, percutaneous endoscopic discectomy and facet thermal ablation, our award-winning medical staff uses local anesthesia with deep IV sedation. A tube is inserted through a small incision, and a laser, along with other instruments, are threaded through the tube in order to treat the source of your neck pain. Recovery time is minimal, and many patients feel better the same day. Contact LSI for more information about neck pain treatments that can help you rediscover a life without pain.