Neck pain in Las Vegas (also known as cervicalgia) is a relatively common occurrence that affects roughly two-thirds of the country’s population, at least once in their lifetime. While neck pain is generally limited to the neck area, the actual cause of the pain can emanate from conditions involving the spine and other areas (such as the muscles located in the upper portion of the back).
This is because the upper back and lower neck support the head and allow movement. Movement is mostly created from the neck’s uppermost three joints. While the upper back muscles and lower joints create the head’s support system. An adverse condition, related to the support system, will result in a tightening of the muscles in that area and this is what leads to pain felt in the neck.
Unfortunately, while standard, conservative neck pain can be treated with heat and ice therapy, pain meds and various forms of physical therapy, chronic neck pain is a different story altogether and will generally require treatment, that will prevent the pain, on an on-going basis.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
- A sudden onset of a “crick” in the neck
- Pain symptoms that have occurred gradually
- Neck pain that occurs at night
- Neck pain that occurs in the morning
Steps that are taken, in order to make a diagnosis
- The treatment professional will conduct a full health history
- X-Rays taken in order to determine injuries or degenerative issues
- Determining if the pain radiates from the neck into the shoulders/arms
- Isolate when the pain is occurring or at its worst
- Note exercise history
- Note if pain occurs when certain activities are involved (such as computer work)
- Check the neck’s neurology through reflexes, muscle strength and sensation
In the cases on simple neck pain that doesn’t appear to be chronic, treatment is non-invasive and can include; Spinal Decompression, which is 86% effective. Joint mobilization and manipulation can also be used for treatment, while low powered laser therapy has also been shown to be effective for chronic neck pain (for up to 5+ months following treatment). Pain medication, such as acetaminophen and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may be prescribed. However, muscle relaxants can also be given. Topical creams and over-the-counter patches may also have some effectiveness.
Generally speaking, surgery isn’t used for neck pain issues, with a few exceptions. These can include diseases, such as cancer, situations that involve compression of the spinal cord and anatomy abnormality.
Las Vegas neck pain treatments can also involve alternative medicine approaches. However, these are considered complimentary treatments in cases in which a traditional medical practitioner is currently prescribing a treatment (such as medication). For example, herbal remedies can be used, such as:
- White Willow Bark: This led to the European creation of aspirin. The advantage of white willow is that it can be used in place of aspirin in cases where aspirin irritates the patient’s stomach lining.
- Devil’s Claw: This remedy originates from the southern portion of the African continent. As an herbal remedy, it’s been used over centuries for illnesses such as; arthritis and fever. It is also used for pain/inflammation resulting from conditions such as osteoarthritis.
- Capsaicin Cream: Capsaicin is the substance found in hot peppers that gives them their heat. While it burns the mouth, it can temporarily lessen neck pain. But you would need to keep applying it, since the effects are temporary.
Massage can be used in situations in which your neck pain is the result of overworked muscles or muscle tightening as the result of stress. Once the muscles are relaxed, the pain subsides. In cases of chronic neck pain, massage therapy can be used on a regular basis.
Yoga & Pilates can improve your posture, strength and balance. This can be highly effective in the treatment of stress-related neck pain and overworked muscle-related pain.
Acupuncture is an Eastern therapy that utilizes thin, sterile needles that are designed to unblock energy junctures in the body in order to allow the body’s Chi (or Qi) to flow correctly. While this form of therapy has it promoters and detractors, the fact remains that it has been in use for thousands of years.
When determining the treatment that is right for you, you will want to seek advice from your doctor and a qualified Las Vegas alternative medical practitioner. This way, you will have access to the sufficient amount of information that you’ll need in order to make an informed decision.