Whiplash is one of the most common causes of neck pain, but it usually gets better after you heal from your injury. If you have persistent neck pain long after an injury or neck strain, the pain management experts at Boston PainCare, in Waltham, Concord, and by appointment in Natick, Massachusetts, can help you get long-term relief. This integrative team of highly qualified physicians, chiropractors, anesthesiologists, and physical therapists offers complete treatment plans for chronic and acute neck pain. To get help and improve the quality of your life, call one of the offices for an appointment or book online.
Your neck is the cervical spine that supports your head. Your neck also contains the structures that communicate between your brain and the nerves in the rest of your body. When these nerve pathways grow irritated, you may feel pain in your neck, shoulder, head, or all the way down your arms and hands. If your cervical spinal cord is injured or irritated, you could feel the pain all the way into your legs.
If you experience neck pain that lasts for more than three months, it could be a sign of a problem with a cervical disc or a facet joint in your neck. Some typical causes of chronic neck pain include:
Left untreated, neck pain can prevent you from participating in daily activities and negatively impact the quality of your life. The multidisciplinary team at Boston PainCare gets to the bottom of your symptoms to determine the underlying causes of your neck pain. Based on your individual condition, they customize a treatment plan to provide both immediate relief from symptoms and a long-term pain management strategy.
Treatment for your neck pain depends on the underlying causes. Your treatment plan may include physical therapies, minimally invasive injections, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you cope with the pain. The team at Boston PainCare takes a whole-person approach to treating your pain, so they address physical and emotional symptoms.
When you’re dealing with chronic pain, it’s just as important to have a good coping strategy as it is to treat the physical symptoms. Your individual treatment plan for neck pain management includes all aspects of your pain, so you can live an improved quality of life.
If your neck pain is the result of a degenerative condition such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease, you can make lifestyle changes to help prevent the pain from worsening. Check your posture throughout the day and make adjustments to alleviate neck strain. You should also take frequent breaks from sitting at a desk in front of a computer to prevent neck irritation.
Be sure to sleep on a supportive mattress and use a pillow that adequately supports your neck. Your doctor may suggest a cervical pillow that’s specially designed to provide extra neck support while you sleep.
To get expert help for neck pain, call the Boston PainCare office near you or book online today.