When chronic neck pain makes it too difficult to work or engage in physical activity, the pain management team at Valley Medical and Wellness can help. At their offices in Minneapolis, Burnsville, and Woodbury, Minnesota, we tailor a treatment plan to ease chronic pain and restore normal function in your neck. Learn more about available treatments for neck pain by calling the Valley Medical and Wellness office nearest you today.
What causes neck pain?
Many people experience acute neck pain from their everyday activities, such as prolonged use of electronic devices, or due to poor posture. When pain in the neck becomes chronic, it can interfere with your ability to stay active and might even impact your emotional health.
Some of the most common causes of chronic neck pain include:
A common source of chronic pain for older people is arthritis, which develops in the joints of the upper part of the cervical spine or neck.
How is neck pain diagnosed?
When neck pain is persistent and untreatable with rest and over-the-counter medications, the pain management team at Valley Medical and Wellness can evaluate your spine and neck function through a physical exam.
Your provider may also request imaging tests, like X-rays, to confirm the cause of your pain and ask you to perform certain movements to assess your range of motion and flexibility.
Once they understand the root cause of chronic neck pain, the team at Valley Medical and Wellness creates a pain management plan that focuses on both the immediate and long-term relief of your pain and mobility issues.
How is neck pain treated?
Treatment for neck pain depends on the cause of your pain and your overall health. Initially, your Valley Medical and Wellness provider may recommend physical therapy or osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT), which stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your neck. These therapies can also relieve unnecessary pressure on your nerves due to herniated discs.
You may also benefit from regenerative therapy using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP contains important growth factors that help your body regenerate new healthy tissue to repair the injured tissues in your neck naturally.
The team at Valley Medical and Wellness has extensive experience in prescribing pain-relieving medications to address chronic neck pain. They focus on your overall health to recommend the right oral or topical pain-relievers and monitor their efficacy over time for your safety.
Acupuncture, the traditional Chinese practice that stimulates your body’s own healing processes, can be useful for chronic neck pain. By inserting slender needles into specific locations about your body, you can find relief from pain and improvement in your overall wellness.
If you’re missing work due to chronic neck pain, don’t delay an evaluation. You can call the Valley Medical and Wellness office nearest you.
Fax Number: 612-444-9000