Neck pain alternative treatments — herbal remedies

Neck pain is a very common occurrence for millions of Americans. While it can be caused by something as simple as a slight muscle strain, neck pain can also spring up due to any of a variety of spine conditions, such as a bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, a pinched nerve and others.

While there are a host of conservative, nonsurgical 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. One such alternative treatment is the use of herbal remedies.

Herbal remedies

Of course, before trying any type of herbal remedy, you should talk to your physician 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, for example. 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 — This herb works for conditions that cause pain and inflammation, and the discovery of white willow bark actually led to the development of aspirin. The herb 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 in southern Africa to treat stomach problems, arthritis, fever and more.
  • 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. Interestingly, capsaicin is the substance that makes chili peppers hot.

Alternatives

While herbal remedies and other conservative treatments are often very effective, some people are unable to find pain relief through these methods and turn to surgery for their 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 time^ and less risk of complication than what is offered by traditional open neck surgery.

To see if you are a candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI report or CT scan.