Nonsurgical Neck Pain Relief
Neck pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Most of them are best treated without surgery. These include neck arthritis, muscle spasms, whiplash from a car accident, and even stress, among many others. Most of these conditions can be managed with gentle anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, or muscle relaxers, and physical therapy. At the Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center, our patients have access to world-class spine focused physical therapy. In fact, at the Spine Center we have the only spine focused physical therapy department in greater Houston. Sometimes, in more severe cases, patients may benefit from epidural steroid injections performed by a specially trained Pain Management specialist.
Neck Pain Relief & Treatment Options
Some patients, however, may not respond to these neck pain treatments. They may have a more serious condition, such as a cervical herniated disc or bone spurs causing nerve or spinal cord compression in the neck. Such patients may have neck pain going down an arm, called radiculopathy. They may have weakness or numbness. Patients with spinal cord compression may even have leg weakness, trouble using their arms or hands, changes in handwriting or loss of fine motor control, in addition to pain and numbness. Even such patients may benefit from a trial of conservative care. At the Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center, our Houston neurosurgeons are conservative in their treatment philosophy and generally reserve surgery as a last option instead of a first option.
Neck Pain Treatment Surgery Options
When surgery is required, many possible neck pain treatment options exist. These generally can be divided into anterior (from the front) or posterior (from the back) approaches.
Additional neck pain treatment options include, but are not limited to, the following: