Finding neck pain relief
Finding neck pain relief is likely your top priority if your neck pain and 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 your normal quality of life.
The first step toward treating your symptoms of neck pain is to get a proper diagnosis from your physician. Your doctor 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 physician 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 physician 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 physician 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 behavior modification, as well as other options recommended by your doctor.
In some cases, nonsurgical treatment may not provide sufficient relief. In this case, your doctor will likely recommend spine surgery as a final treatment option to find neck pain relief.
If you are considering surgery for a degenerative cervical spine condition, consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures offer patients a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery, allowing them to experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication.
It’s time to take the next step toward finding neck pain relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.