Neck pain treatments

Neck pain treatments include a wide range of conservative and nonsurgical treatments that can vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain.

For many patients, basic options like rest, exercises and over-the-counter medication are enough to help control and reduce many types of neck pain. Your doctor can help you determine the best lifestyle changes and conservative methods of treatment based on the cause of your neck pain, such as a 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 recommended for neck pain:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Pain medicine
  • Epidural injections
  • Lifestyle changes such as improving posture and avoiding certain repetitive movements
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternating use of a heating pad with a cold compress
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Chiropractic care

Be patient, as it can often take some trial and error to find the right combination of treatments that works for you. You should always consult your doctor before beginning a new therapy or changing your current plan to make sure it is compatible with your existing care.

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 doctor or reach out to Laser Spine Institute about your options for neck pain surgery.

If your condition is associated with degenerative disc disease or other forms of nerve compression in the cervical spine, you may be recommended to undergo traditional open neck surgery. This type of spine surgery involves a large incision and significant disruption of surrounding tissues, requiring an overnight hospital stay and a long, potentially difficult, recovery period.

At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is an outpatient alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures. Our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, including both cervical decompression and stabilization procedures, reduces our patients’ risk of infection and complication, as well as shortens the recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery. Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information about neck pain treatments that can help you rediscover a life without pain.

We’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.