As many as 50% of adults in the United States may be living with chronic neck pain. If you’re looking for non-surgical solutions to treat persistent neck pain, you can find help at California Pain Medicine Center. The pain management specialists offer comprehensive diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your neck pain. They also customize a treatment plan using medications, injections, and regenerative medicine to help relieve chronic neck pain now and in the longer term. Call the Santa Monica, California, pain management office to discuss your options for treating neck pain, or book an appointment online today.
Occasional neck pain may be the result of tension in the muscles of your neck, often from stress or poor posture. If you have chronic neck pain that lasts six months or longer, it might be due to conditions like:
If you fall or are in a car accident, it can result in whiplash. Whiplash is an injury that develops from the forceful back-and-forth movement of your neck and head during the accident.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at California Pain Medicine Center if you have neck pain that lasts for several weeks and isn’t treatable with home care. You also need an accurate diagnosis for neck pain that continues to get worse, even with treatment.
The pain management team offers comprehensive physical exams to assess the range of motion you have in your neck. They also identify swelling and areas of tenderness in your neck and shoulders.
To get a closer look at the structures in your neck, the team may order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests. The information revealed by these tests helps the team create a treatment plan to reduce your pain.
The team at California Pain Medicine Center offers personalized treatment plans for neck pain based on the results of your diagnostic tests. Initially, they may recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
You may also benefit from physical therapy to stretch the muscles that support your upper spine. If your pain makes physical therapy too difficult, the team may recommend spine injections that deliver the medications directly into your cervical (upper) spine.
For more serious spinal conditions like arthritis or spinal stenosis, you may need therapies like:
The team also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a type of regenerative medicine that uses substances in your own blood to aid the healing of the soft tissues in your neck.
The team withdraws a sample of your blood and prepares it to achieve a high concentration of PRP. They inject the PRP back into your neck, and over time, new tissue grows to replace what has been damaged by disease or trauma.
The providers might also suggest relaxation techniques, regular massages, and posture modifications to keep tension out of your neck and shoulders, so you can avoid neck pain in the future.
To find out which treatment is right for your neck pain, call California Pain Medicine Center to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.