Neck pain and back pain are closely related, and there are countless potential sources of neck pain.
Poor posture; a pre-existing spinal disorder; injury and trauma; muscle strain; nerve compression. There are several factors that could be contributing to a patient’s neck pain, and typically they are easily treatable. However, like back pain, it shouldn’t be taken lightly, and if you experience any numbness, shooting pain or weakness in the arms and shoulders you should consult a spinal specialist as soon as possible.
If your neck pain is mild, you should try some at home care first, such as alternating heat and cold or light massage (which will help if the pain is muscle related). Take anti-inflammatory medication, and carefully increase your activity level with light stretching of the affected area – if you experience severe added pain as a result, discontinue immediately. Of course, overall healthy practices such as exercise, proper diet, reduced stress and ideal amounts of sleep on supportive mattresses and pillows reduce your chances of experiencing neck pain.
At Atlanta Spine Surgery, we don’t believe any pain is greater or more immediate than another. We house the most advanced diagnostic equipment to support our team of expert physicians so that we can assess our patients’ neck pain and promptly begin the most appropriate treatment program.