As one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, neck pain may be a symptom of poor posture, chronic stress, arthritis, or a traumatic injury. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide temporary relief for most neck pain problems, but it can’t address the underlying issue. Pain and rehabilitation expert Josephine Huang, MD, of Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to neck pain that aims to provide lasting relief. Call her Chinatown, New York City office today, or click online to schedule a visit any time.
The seven small bones, connecting joints, protective spinal discs, stabilizing connective tissues, and surrounding muscles that make up your cervical spine allow you to support your head and move it with ease.
For as strong and flexible as your neck may be, however, it’s also prone to many disorders and conditions that can limit your range of motion and lead to chronic pain and stiffness. Common causes of neck discomfort include:
Muscle strain and imbalance from chronic poor posture is a major cause of neck pain; in today’s screen-driven society, it often comes from spending too much time hunched over a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Cervical stenosis, an age-related condition that compresses the spaces in your spinal canal, can give rise to persistent nerve-related neck pain. Arthritis-related joint degeneration, disc problems, and anything else that pinches the nerves in your cervical spine can also lead to neck pain.
As one of the most frequent neck injuries, whiplash occurs when a forceful movement makes your head rebound, compressing your cervical spine and damaging your soft tissues. Even if it doesn’t hurt much at first, a whiplash injury can lead to long-lasting neck pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
The mild pain, stiffness, and soreness associated with minor neck problems usually subsides in a relatively short amount of time. More severe neck problems, on the other hand, tend to stick around or even progress until they become a chronic condition.
Without proper care, chronic neck pain may give rise to headaches, uncomfortable muscle spasms, and a reduced range of motion. If you’ve been living with neck pain for more than a couple of weeks, don’t wait for your symptoms to worsen or multiply — make an appointment with Dr. Huang as soon as possible.
Dr. Huang takes a whole-person approach to neck pain that starts with a thorough medical evaluation. After assessing the nature of your condition and checking for underlying trauma, she develops a personalized treatment plan aimed at delivering efficient, effective care. Your plan may include:
As a natural, holistic solution for chronic neck pain, acupuncture works to ease pain and restore balance by curbing inflammation, stimulating blood flow, initiating soft tissue repair, and helping your muscles re-establish normal firing patterns.
If you’re ready to put an end to persistent neck pain, call Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center, or schedule an appointment online today.