Neck Pain Specialist

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine located in West Rogers Park & Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

Chronic neck pain can make everyday tasks unbearable. If neck pain due to a work injury, sports injury, poor posture, or a disease negatively affects you, the experienced orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers in West Rogers Park and Wicker Park, Chicago, can help. They offer conservative, therapeutic, and surgical treatments that alleviate neck pain and restore your quality of life. To learn more about your options, schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers over the phone or online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain involves discomfort within your upper spine or neck muscles. The first seven vertebral bones in your spinal column are part of your cervical spine in the neck region, which bears the weight of your head and allows significant movement. That’s why your neck is susceptible to injury and other painful disorders.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

If you have neck pain, you may experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms.

  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle tightness
  • Sore muscles
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain with driving
  • Pain while working at a computer

Neck pain might be mild or severe and short-lived or long-lasting. If neck pain lingers more than a few days or is severe, schedule an appointment with the experienced orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers for an evaluation.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is common and can happen to anybody, as it affects just over 14% of people in the United States. The cause of neck discomfort might include:

  • Sports injuries or falls
  • Whiplash or other automobile injuries
  • Muscle, ligament, or nerve injuries
  • Poor posture or prolonged computer use
  • Sleeping in uncomfortable positions
  • Prolonged wear and tear (degenerative disc disease)
  • Infections or tumors
  • Congenital problems
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Cervical spondylosis 
  • Herniated or bulging disc

The specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers diagnose the cause of neck pain with a physical examination and imaging and other diagnostic techniques. Examples include blood tests, electromyography (EMG), X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and bone density assessments.

How is neck pain treated?

Your doctor bases your personalized neck pain treatment plan on the type and severity of the pain. It may include one or more of the following.

At-home treatments

At-home treatment options for neck pain include rest, ice or heat application, elevation, using a soft neck collar, and neck immobilization.

Medication

Your orthopaedic specialist might suggest medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, and muscle relaxants, to reduce inflammation and pain while you heal.

Physical therapy

The on-site physical therapists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers help you complete stretches and exercises that strengthen your neck muscles.

PRP

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use platelets sourced from your blood to help heal neck problems and ease pain naturally.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a non-surgical technique that relieves neck pain using radiofrequency waves to heat and damage nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. 

Surgery

If other neck pain treatments fail, your doctor might recommend surgery to, for example, remove herniated or degenerative discs and fuse your spine to alleviate neck pain.

Can I prevent neck pain?

While you can’t always prevent neck pain from occurring, there are several things you can do to lower your risk. Examples include relaxation exercises, neck stretches, regular exercise, maintaining good posture, and sleeping in a comfortable position at night.

Don’t live with debilitating neck pain when simple treatments are within reach. Schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers over the phone or online today.

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