Finding relief from neck pain
Finding neck pain relief is likely your top priority if your neck pain and related symptoms are preventing you from enjoying your daily life.
If you’ve noticed the daily activities and hobbies you once enjoyed, such as gardening, household chores and sleeping, have become difficult and sometimes impossible, it’s time to find answers and treatments that will help you return to the quality of life you deserve.
The first step toward treating your symptoms of neck pain is to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor. He or she can help you find a treatment plan that works for your condition and lifestyle so you can find neck pain relief.
Getting a professional diagnosis
Finding neck pain relief requires a clear understanding of what is causing your underlying discomfort. For instance, the treatments your doctor prescribes for a strained muscle or a sprained ligament in the cervical (upper) region of the spine will differ from treatments for chronic degenerative conditions like a herniated disc or arthritic bone spurs.
The diagnostic process will likely involve a combination of the following:
- Reviewing your medical history
- Discussing your symptoms
- A physical examination
- Diagnostic imaging
All of these methods will help your doctor narrow down what is causing your pain and make an informed recommendation for the treatment that will best fit your condition, medical history and lifestyle.
Formulating a treatment plan
If your doctor determines that a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis or other type of degenerative condition is causing your neck pain, relief may be as simple as several weeks of conservative treatments.
Conservative treatment often includes some combination of pain medication, physical therapy, hot/cold compresses and lifestyle changes, as well as other options recommended by your doctor. In some cases, nonsurgical treatment may not provide sufficient improvement and your doctor may recommend spine surgery to achieve lasting relief.
If you are considering surgery for a degenerative cervical spine condition, consider the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures offer patients an alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery, allowing them to experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication.^