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Neck Pain Management: Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted Nov 11 2010 6:52pm

Learn about Diagnosis and Treatment for Proper Neck Pain Management


Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of neck pain would help you in the management of this common ailment. Some of the symptoms of neck pain include sharp piercing pain, dizziness, numbness, and stiffness. Neck pain can arise because of any of several causes:

  • Ruptured or degenerated cervical disc
  • Spondylosis
  • Heavy lifting
  • Extended periods of sitting and bending the neck or head forward
  • Pinched nerve


For the correct diagnosis of neck pain, it is imperative that the doctor study the history of the symptoms. In checking out the history, the doctor would be making a note of the location, duration, radiation, and intensity of the pain. If this proves insufficient to pinpoint the problem, the doctor would suggest further testing with x ray evaluations, MRI scans, CT scans, lab tests, nerve tests, and so on.


Several Effective Treatments for Neck Pain


Any of several treatment methods may be resorted to for the management/treatment of neck pain:


  • Use of modalities such as heat, massage, electrical stimulation, ultrasound stimulation, ice, or relaxation.


  • Spinal Decompression – Spinal decompression is an FDA approved treatment modality that helps to reduce neck pain by correcting nerve impairment, repairing damaged spinal discs, and reducing spine loading.


  • Pain Medication – The medical practitioner may prescribe medications to alleviate pain, improve sleep, and ward off inflammation.


  • Injections – The injections serve both diagnostic and treatment requirements. The injections are usually a mix of some kind of cortisone preparation and an anesthetic.


  • Physical Therapy – The focus of physical therapy is on making the pain less, cultivating health posture, and enhancing neck movement.


Now that you are aware of the diagnosis and treatment of neck pain in association with neck pain management, you can probably help a friend or family member suffering from neck pain.

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