If your neck hurts, you’re not alone as approximately 15% of the population complains of neck pain in any given year. Mervet Saleh, MD, a triple board-certified pain management expert and anesthesiologist, and her team provide innovative treatments to relieve neck pain at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio. If you have neck pain that came on suddenly or if you’ve been living with a dull ache for weeks, don’t delay in making an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
In most cases, your neck hurts because of your posture. If you work at a computer all day, chances are your workstation isn’t set up correctly and you have to look up or down for a perfect view of your screen. Even if your neck is only slightly turned, after eight hours or more, it’s not surprising that it causes muscle pain.
In addition to poor posture, your neck pain may be due to an injury like whiplash or conditions like arthritis or herniated discs that cause inflammation and nerve compression.
If your neck pain lasts for more than a day or two, even if you’re resting and applying hot and cold packs to reduce muscle tension and inflammation, you should make an appointment with Dr. Saleh and her team. Additionally, if your neck pain is accompanied by any headaches or weakness, numbness, or tingling in your shoulders, arms, or hands, you should get medical attention.
At the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Dr. Saleh and her team begin treatment for neck pain with a comprehensive diagnosis.
They review your personal and family medical history and discuss your neck pain symptoms. They feel your neck for signs of abnormalities or inflammation and guide you through movements to gauge your pain and see if your mobility is limited. If necessary, Dr. Saleh may order diagnostic imaging studies like X-rays or MRIs for more information to identify the cause of your pain.
Then, Dr. Saleh creates a customized treatment plan that might combine a variety of therapies to relieve your pain and help you get back to your normal activities. Your plan may include medication to reduce inflammation. Dr. Saleh and her team provide a range of cervical spine injections, including:
Dr. Saleh also frequently prescribes physical therapy. During physical therapy, you’ll have massages to reduce muscle tension and practice exercises and stretches that both relieve pain and build strength and flexibility in your neck to limit your risk of future pain.
You don’t need to accept neck pain as a normal part of life. Call the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain or schedule a consultation online today to get the expert pain-relieving treatment you need.