When it comes to neck treatments, many consider orthopedic care the gold standard. Orthopedists are specially trained to address problems involving the musculoskeletal system — the network of muscles, joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments that support your body. Our experts know that problems within the musculoskeletal system are often the culprit of neck pain.
For most neck-related complaints, we offer non-surgical, conservative treatment options first. This may include:
Rest and Immobilization
If your neck pain is caused by temporary muscle strain, a few days — perhaps weeks — of rest and physical therapy for your neck pain are usually enough for the physical discomfort to fade away on its own.
Depending on your line of work or how much time you spend sitting at a desk or working on a computer, posture can be a contributing factor. Poor posture increases your risk of head, neck, and back pain. Make sure your chair and desk are set up to promote good posture, and take frequent breaks, stand up, and stretch throughout the day.
Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications are commonly used to treat minor to moderate neck pain and inflammation. Prescription medication is also available, depending on your situation.
Physical therapy for neck pain involves strength training and pain management techniques that help you recover from injuries as well as lower your risk of future injuries. Physical therapy may include working on your posture and alignment, neck therapy stretches and exercises, and modifications to your routine.