Herbal remedies for neck pain
Neck pain is a very common occurrence that can be caused by something as simple as a slight muscle strain. Neck pain can also come up due to any of a variety of spine conditions, such as a bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs and a pinched nerve. While there are a host of conservative treatments that are often very effective in managing neck pain and easing the symptoms of a spinal condition, some people turn to alternative treatments in search of new and more natural ways to reduce their pain. For example, the herbal remedies described below can help relieve your pain and discomfort.
Of course, before trying any type of herbal remedy, you should talk to your doctor and do your research on the different herbs. There may be unexpected side effects if you take an herb that conflicts with a prescription medication you’re taking. You should also make sure these herbal medications do not interfere with any other medical conditions you may have.
Here are a few herbal remedies that are often used to treat neck pain:
- White willow bark. The discovery of white willow bark actually led to the development of aspirin. This herb works for conditions that cause pain and inflammation, and is a good choice if you don’t want to take the synthetic version since aspirin can upset the stomach.
- Devil’s claw. Also used for conditions that cause pain and inflammation, devil’s claw has been used for centuries to treat stomach problems, arthritis and fever.
- Capsaicin cream. This pain-relieving cream can help with osteoarthritis, as well as muscle-based neck and back pain. It is only temporary and must be reapplied.
Alternatives to herbal remedies
Herbal remedies and other conservative treatments, like physical therapy and chiropractic care, may sometimes be ineffective in providing pain relief. As a result, your doctor may recommend that you turn to surgery for your spinal condition. If this is your situation, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery.
Proven as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck surgery,^ our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Our minimally invasive decompression surgery is able to help treat many causes of neck pain, though some severe causes may require stabilization surgery.
We perform each procedure, whether minimally invasive decompression or minimally invasive stabilization, through a small incision with no muscle disruption. This allows for a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open neck surgery^. To see if you are a candidate for one of our procedures, reach out to our team today and request a free MRI review.*