Neck pain can make it difficult to sleep, work, or exercise without discomfort. Whether you have neck pain from an injury or degenerative condition, Jeffrey White, DC, can help you find relief at Magnolia Medical Clinic in Beaumont, Texas. Untreated neck pain can lead to a number of other uncomfortable symptoms, including chronic headaches and numbness and weakness in your arms and hands. Call the clinic today to make an appointment or book your visit online.
The neck contains the cervical spine, which is the top part of the spinal column. It begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae to support your head. Because the neck is flexible, allowing you to turn your head in nearly every direction, it’s highly susceptible to injury and strain.
A number of injuries and degenerative conditions can cause both acute and chronic neck pain, including:
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. Often called the “wear-and-tear” arthritis, OA develops from degeneration of the flexible cartilage that cushions the joints in your spine. Over time, this cartilage can degrade and cause the bones to rub together.
Spinal stenosis causes the spinal canal to narrow gradually, which can compress the spinal nerves. Without treatment, spinal stenosis often causes neck pain, arm pain, and numbness and weakness in the arms.
The muscles in your neck are responsible for moving your head. Poor posture, whiplash, and other injuries can all cause your neck muscles to stretch and tear. While most muscle strains cause acute pain that resolves itself within days or weeks, you can experience chronic pain if your muscles don’t heal properly.
The soft discs in your spine act as shock absorbers. As you age, natural wear and tear can degrade these discs, leading to neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as numbness, weakness, and tingling in the arms and hands.
The first step in treating neck pain is figuring out exactly what’s causing it. Your provider at Magnolia Medical Clinic performs a comprehensive evaluation of your neck and spine before making a diagnosis.
Along with an exam, your provider may recommend a digital motion X-ray (DMX). A DMX is an X-ray that captures your body in motion. It’s particularly helpful in looking at the cervical spine to diagnose the cause of neck pain, headaches, and migraines.
How your provider treats your neck pain depends on the underlying cause of your condition. Some of the most common treatments your provider may recommend include:
The experts at Magnolia Medical Clinic also perform spinal decompression for neck pain. This technique involves manually manipulating the spine to reduce pressure on nearby nerve roots. Decompression can help relieve neck pain, shoulder pain, and tingling and weakness in the arms.
To schedule an appointment with Magnolia Medical Clinic, call the office or book a visit online today.