Neck pain is the second most common form of chronic pain in the nation, affecting nearly 15% of the population. Brian Subach, MD, FACS, Diana DeWolfe, PA-C, MPAS, and the team at Subach Spinal Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, explore all possible solutions for helping men and women overcome neck pain, beginning with conservative therapies and turning to advanced surgery when needed. To get relief from your neck pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
There are many possible causes of neck pain. In young adults and those who stay active, stretched and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons are often the source of neck pain.
Anyone who spends too much time looking down while using electronics is at risk of developing a neck sprain, commonly called tech neck. Beyond sprains and strains, neck pain is often caused by an acute injury like whiplash or repetitive movements leading to overuse injuries.
As you get older, however, your neck pain is more likely to be caused by degenerative conditions that develop gradually, such as:
These conditions can become quite painful when they pinch one of the spinal nerves.
Neck pain typically limits your neck and head movement. The conditions responsible for neck pain frequently cause headaches. Additionally, pinched nerves often lead to tingling and pain that radiates down your arm.
You can prevent or minimize future neck pain by practicing good posture and following proper ergonomics when sitting at your desk and using electronic devices. It’s also important to get in the habit of performing exercises that strengthen and stretch the soft tissues in your neck.
The team at Subach Spinal Solutions offers comprehensive care, beginning with nonoperative management options. Ice packs, heating pads, modifying your activities, gentle stretching exercises, and over-the-counter medications may be enough to relieve the pain and give your neck time to heal.
When your neck pain persists despite conservative therapies, your provider at Subach Spinal Solutions may recommend surgery. They have extensive experience performing many procedures, such as:
Using a small incision at the front of your neck, Dr. Subach removes a damaged disc and stabilizes the adjoining vertebrae with a bone graft that fuses the two bones together.
During this procedure, Dr. Subach removes a damaged cervical disc and replaces it with an artificial disc, alleviating your neck pain while preserving normal neck movement.
A laminoplasty is a procedure to remove pressure from the spinal cord by making cuts in the bone overlying the spinal cord and creating a hinge-like structure that gives the nerves more space.
If you suffer from neck pain, the team at Subach Spinal Solutions can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.