What Are Nonsurgical Options for Treating My Neck Pain?

What Are Nonsurgical Options for Treating My Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a common ailment that affects about 80% of people at some point in their lives. Of that 80%, as many as half experience neck pain annually. Regardless of the cause, neck pain can be debilitating and make even the smallest tasks, like getting dressed, painful.

Here at Wynn Over Pain, Brenton Wynn, MD and our team offer nonsurgical options for treating neck pain in National City and Chula Vista, California.

Let’s take a closer look at those options. 

Injections

Depending on the cause of your neck pain, you may benefit from one of the following injections:

Under the guidance of ultrasound or fluoroscopy technology, these injections deliver pain-relieving medications and steroids to targeted areas. Cervical facet injections target your facet joints, while cervical epidural steroid injections deliver pain-relieving medication into the epidural space in your spine. If a trigger point 一 a tense and painful area of muscle 一 is causing your pain, trigger point injections can help soothe pain by relaxing those muscles.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical treatment for neck pain. Stem cell therapy eases neck pain because of a unique function of stem cells: differentiation. Stem cells can differentiate, or turn into other types of cells. This allows them to replace damaged cells and stimulate tissue regeneration, which leads to decreased inflammation and pain.

Exercise and physical therapy

In addition to injections and stem cell therapy, Dr. Wynn also guides you with at-home exercises that promote muscle relaxation. In some cases, you may also benefit from physical therapy to strengthen your neck muscles and increase your range of motion. 

A few exercises to help stretch your neck muscles include: 

In addition to exercise and physical therapy, you can make other at-home adjustments to ease neck pain, including sleeping on your back and using a pillow designed for neck pain. Sleeping on a too-tall pillow can force your neck into an unnatural angle while sleeping. Sleeping on your stomach is the hardest position for your neck.

For muscle-related pain, you can also use warm compresses, heating pads, or a soak in a warm Epsom salt bath.

Other at-home adjustments you can make include holding your phone or tablet at eye-level to avoid “tech neck” and practicing good posture at all times, whether you’re standing or sitting at your desk.

Acupuncture

While acupuncture is well-known for its ability to ease back pain, it can also reduce neck pain. During your on-site acupuncture treatment, thin needles are placed strategically into pressure points. This stimulates these areas, boosting blood circulation, promoting healing, and helping to reduce pain.

Which pain-management technique is right for you?

A lot of factors shape your pain-management plan, and that’s why all pain-management treatments begin with a thorough physical exam. Dr. Wynn also reviews your medical history, checks the range of motion in your neck, and reviews any diagnostic imaging tests. 

Once the source of your neck pain is confirmed, Dr. Wynn creates a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.

To learn more about our pain-management options for neck pain, call the office closest to you, or simply book an appointment online. 

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