Neck pain treatments
Neck pain treatments can vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain, and can be surgical or nonsurgical.
For many patients, exercise or behavior modification is enough to help control and reduce many types of neck pain. Your physician can help determine the best lifestyle changes and conservative methods of treatment based on the cause of your neck pain (spine condition or injury) and your medical history. Many spine conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, can be treated with a series of conservative treatments that strengthen and stretch the spine to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve that is causing your pain.
Conservative treatments for neck pain
Below are several forms of nonsurgical treatment commonly prescribed for neck pain:
- Pain medicine
- Epidural injections
- Behavior modification
- Physical therapy
- Hot or cold pads
- Therapeutic massage
- Chiropractic care
These conservative therapies can often be combined to increase pain relief. You should always consult your physician before beginning a new therapy or changing your current regimen in order to make sure your treatment is safe and beneficial.
Surgical treatment for neck pain
Sometimes, conservative neck pain treatment is not enough. If chronic neck pain lingers despite weeks or months of nonsurgical methods, you can speak to your physician or contact Laser Spine Institute about your options for surgery for neck pain.
If your condition is associated with degenerative disc disease or other forms of nerve compression in the cervical spine, your physician may recommend open neck surgery, or a discectomy and fusion surgery. This type of surgery is performed as an open spine procedure through a long incision on the front of the body. Traditional open spine surgery involves significant risk, a long hospital stay and a lengthy recovery.
At Laser Spine Institute, minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are available to treat many causes of neck and back pain, such as foraminotomy, laminotomy, discectomy and facet thermal ablation. Our minimally invasive approach to cervical decompression and stabilization procedures reduces our patients’ risk of infection and complication, as well as shortens the recovery length* compared to traditional open neck surgery.