Ignoring chronic neck pain is not advisable. If you want a prompt and precise evaluation of your neck discomfort, look no further than the Minnesota Institute for Pain Management. Our facility offers in-house examinations and personalized treatments aimed at alleviating persistent neck pain and addressing its root cause. Our approach to pain management includes physical therapy, non-opioid medications, and minimally invasive surgical procedures to ensure you experience lasting relief.
What Causes Neck Pain?
The cervical spine, commonly referred to as the neck, is composed of vertebrae that serve as the foundation for the head’s weight and allow for a wide range of head movements. If any of the bones, muscles, or ligaments become damaged due to injury or illness, it may result in chronic neck pain or persistent discomfort in the neck region.
Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical disc herniation
- Degenerative disc disease
How is neck pain diagnosed?
At the Minnesota Institute for Pain Management (MIPM), we strive to uncover the underlying cause of your neck pain through a thorough physical examination. During this evaluation, we assess your neck’s range of motion and identify any tender or painful areas.
In order to confirm the diagnosis or eliminate any potential medical conditions, we may also request imaging tests, such as CT scans or X-rays. These scans provide us with a more detailed look at the structure of your neck, allowing us to detect nerve compression, fractures, or damaged discs.
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How is neck pain treated?
At the Minnesota Institute for Pain Management, our approach focuses on treating the underlying causes of neck pain rather than just relying on narcotic prescriptions. When over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories fail to provide relief, physical therapy may be recommended to improve neck flexibility and strengthen supporting muscles.
In some cases, wearing a medical collar to immobilize the neck can give the supporting muscles a restful break. Injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications into the affected joint can also reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Our team also offers non-narcotic medications to improve comfort and neck range of motion.