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Don't Ignore Neck Pain, Have a Professional Get to The Root of the Cause For Effective Treatment

Acute neck pain is, unfortunately, extremely common. The National Center for Biotechnology Information estimates that one in three people are affected by some kind of neck pain every year, with women experiencing more neck pain than men.

Often, the causes of this kind of neck pain are things we experience every day, like sitting at a computer for too long, sleeping in an awkward position, or turning your head to look for something in your back seat. The symptoms are usually pretty harmless and may go away with over-the-counter pain medication, or simply disappear on their own.

Chronic neck pain, or neck pain felt for longer than three months, is a totally different story. A recent study of patients with self-reported chronic neck pain found that 80% suffered through disrupted sleep. They also had difficulty with work, concentrating on tasks, housekeeping, and exercising. Chronic neck pain can truly be debilitating. Don’t ignore neck pain; instead, work with a pain management specialist to achieve needed relief and the ability to return to your favorite activities. 

Are you dealing with neck pain or other chronic pain? If so, come see Sameer Syed, MD, MPH and our team at the Pain Treatment Institute. Dr. Syed is double board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology. He uses a multimodal approach to treat pain and gives patients the time and attention they deserve. If you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain, or headaches in the Plano, Texas area, the Pain Treatment Institute is here to help.

Why neck pain is common

Your neck is one of the hardest working parts of your body. An intricate system of bones, muscles and ligaments work together to support your head and help you move it. When sitting straight up, your head weighs about 11 pounds. But as your look down, gravity and pressure combine to put a lot more weight on those bones, muscles, and ligaments. At a 45° angle your head weighs 49 pounds. Increase that angle the 60° and your neck muscles are supporting 60 pounds of weight. It’s easy to see how neck pain adds up.

Defining neck pain

Neck pain is often worse than just soreness. In fact, neck pain can impact other parts of the body and be felt in many different ways. Common symptoms include: 

If the neck pain spreads to your arms or legs or persists for several days without relief, you should seek immediate medical care.

What’s behind neck pain?

Neck pain can be caused by a combination of factors. In some cases, it may be hard to determine exactly what started your neck pain, especially since you use your neck in so many different ways throughout the day. Factors that often contribute to neck pain include:

Some neck pain can be prevented by adjusting the level of your computer screen at work, using better posture, or changing your sleep position.

Treatment

As a pain management specialist, Dr. Syed will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that meets your specific needs. He also seeks to prescribe the least amount of opiate addictive medications possible. After diagnosing your neck pain, he may recommend one of the following common treatments:

Dr. Syed will only recommend surgery as a last resort and will explore the least invasive treatments possible.

Neck pain doesn’t have to be a constant feature of your life. The Pain Treatment Institute can help. Contact our Plano or Sherman office today.

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