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Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Neck pain treatments focus on healing the damaged tissues where that’s possible. If you have neck pain and nothing helps, visit Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. These experienced pain management specialists determine what’s causing your condition and use advanced treatments to reduce pain and improve movement. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online to benefit from expert neck pain diagnosis and treatment.

Neck Pain Q & A

What’s causing my neck pain?

Neck pain is often caused by prolonged straining (looking up or down), stress, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, and even wearing heavy necklaces.

If your neck pain is acute (comes on suddenly), you might have injured your cervical vertebrae (the bones at the top of your spine) or the surrounding tissues and nerves. Whiplash injuries are the most common cause of acute neck pain and happen when your head snaps back and forth violently, stretching the neck too far.

Chronic (long-term) neck pain lasts for months, sometimes years. Overuse, wear-and-tear, and aging are the most likely causes, resulting in conditions like:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowed spinal canal)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve compression (radiculopathy)

Cervical radiculopathy often affects the arms as well as the neck. Depending on which nerves are involved, you might experience tingling, prickling, numbness, weakness, and/or loss of function.

When should I see a doctor about neck pain?

You should seek immediate medical attention for neck pain if you suffer an injury like a fall or are in an auto accident. Other things to look out for with acute neck pain include weakness in an arm or leg, trouble walking, or high fever — sometimes neck pain is caused by meningitis, an infection affecting the brain and spinal cord membranes.

Very often, mild neck pain disappears after a few days of rest. You can use over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen to ease pain and swelling. Ice packs can also help. But if your symptoms get worse despite self-treatment or don’t improve after several weeks, visit Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute for a diagnostic evaluation.

You should also make an appointment for symptoms like headaches, numbness, tingling, or pain extending down both arms.

What are the best treatments for neck pain?

Rest, physical therapy, and medication can often work wonders for neck pain. They form the basis of your personalized treatment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute.

Advanced treatments are available for persistent or incurable neck pain. Steroid injections reduce pain and tissue inflammation long-term. Cognitive-behavioral counseling is also available to help you manage incurable pain.

Biologicals use natural cells harvested from your body or a healthy donor. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has concentrated platelets containing growth factors that promote tissue healing and growth.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today or book an appointment online for an accurate neck pain diagnosis and effective treatment.