The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
What is neck pain?
Neck pain is a common pain complaint that includes discomfort that affects the muscles, joints, nerves, ligaments, or tendons that make up your neck and spine. Neck pain may also lead to headaches or discomfort that radiates to your shoulder, arms, and hands.
What are neck pain symptoms?
Neck pain symptoms can vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:
- Muscle tightness
- Muscle spasms
- Limited ability to move your head
- Shoulder pain
- Numbness in your hands or arms
- Muscle stiffness
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the interdisciplinary team at Magnolia Medical Center can develop a plan to help you get relief from your discomfort, whether your pain is acute or chronic.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can develop from many causes. In most cases, neck pain isn’t a serious health issue, but the pain can be long-term and affect your quality of life. Common causes of neck pain include:
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched nerve
- Sprains or strains
- Sports injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Many of these causes of neck pain are degenerative in nature and won’t naturally heal without treatment and worsen with time. If you delay treatment, it’s possible your neck condition may lead to extensive damage.
The team at Magnolia Medical Center specializes in degenerative neck conditions and provides treatments that heal the underlying cause of your neck pain to provide the relief you need and restore neck health and function.
How is neck pain treated?
The experienced team at Magnolia Medical Center develops individualized treatment plans for the management of neck pain based on the underlying cause, your symptoms, and overall health. The team takes an interdisciplinary approach, and your treatment may include:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Dietary changes
- Chiropractic care
- Magnetic therapy
- Supplements and nutraceuticals
- Cooperative Injectables for Healing and Support
The team may also recommend non-surgical spinal decompression to alleviate your neck pain. The team uses advanced technology that relieves pressure from your discs and improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the damaged tissue to allow your body to heal itself.