Neck pain can come from nerve impingements or compressions in the cervical spine. Dr. Nuwer helps men and women in the Palo Alto, CA area relieve painful symptoms in the neck. At her office in Bay Health Center, Dr. Nuwer offers relief for neck pain.
Neck Pain Q & A
What are the most common causes of neck pain?
The neck is tasked with providing support for the weight of the head on a daily basis. It is also the stabilizer for the nerves traveling from the brain to the extremities. Through day-to-day activities, such as twisting, the neck can become tired from overuse, and this can irritate the soft tissues. Other causes of neck pain include motor-vehicle accidents, sports injuries, or slip-and-fall accidents. Poor posture, carrying or lifting heavy or uneven loads, and even sleeping on a poor mattress or pillow can also contribute to neck pain. Long-term use of electronics like computers and cell phones can also cause the muscles to tense up and can cause strain and pain.
How is neck pain diagnosed?
Diagnosing neck pain will begin with a consultation with the doctor who will discuss your medical history, current habits, and lifestyle details. From there an examination may be performed to test the range of motion in the neck and gauge the level of pain. If necessary, further testing could be ordered to diagnose the issue causing the pain. This can include MRIs, X-Rays, CT scans or ultrasound.
How do the providers at Bay Health Center address neck pain?
Relief from neck pain can be achieve using several treatment options including spinal decompression, trigger point injections for muscle spasm, rehabilitation or chiropractic adjustments, and massage.