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What a Pain in the Neck

By Christopher Taleghani, M.D.

What a Pain in the NeckYour neck is a portion of the spinal column called the cervical spine, and is made up of seven vertebrates all of which can originate pain in your everyday life. There are many causes of discomfort in the cervical spine. Treatments can range from lifestyle changes to surgical options performed by your neurosurgeon.

Causes of Pain in the Cervical Spine
Discomfort in the neck can originate from one or more sources. The simplest of these issues is muscle strain. Activities such as sitting at your computer or even gritting your teeth can create stressed muscles. You may have been involved in an automobile or other type of accident. These high impact injuries can damage your neck/spine health drastically. Aging can also cause issues in the cervical spine due to worn joints or nerve compression.

At Home Treatment and Prevention
Some simple steps can be taken by you at home to relieve pain or discomfort in your neck. While rest may seem like the logical solution to most ailments, it is important to keep rest at a minimum. Make sure to keep your knees and hips bent, even elevated on a chair while resting to take the strain off your neck. Ice and heat are also great ways to relieve tension or muscle spasms. Lifestyle changes of giving up smoking and/or losing weight can make a big difference. Both of these options relieve stress and tension on your cervical spine and overall health. It is very important to stay active because the mobility and strength in your back and shoulders can greatly improve your posture.

Medical Treatments
If pain continues for several weeks, consider a medical approach to your cervical spine health. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication or a soft stabilization collar (or both in some cases) to reduce inflammation and realign your cervical spine. Steroids can also be prescribed in some cases. If your pain is persistent, has caused other issues within the spinal column or neck, or if you experience shooting pain or numbness in your extremities, it may be time to explore surgical options with a neurosurgeon.

What Can a Neurosurgeon Do
For You?
In some cases when cervical spine surgery is the elected or the last option, it is important to discuss any procedure with your doctor. A neurosurgeon specializes in treating nerves within the neck and spine, and can diagnose a larger problem. This means that a solution is provided in the grand scheme of your overall neck health. At Pinnacle Surgical Partners, we specialize in various types of cervical spine surgeries. If at home remedies do not seem to help, do not hesitate to call us. Your neck is a vital part of your health and wellbeing and ongoing pain should not be ignored.

Chris Taleghani, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Taleghani is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery and complex spine and brain conditions. He received his Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his Neurosurgery Residency training at Pennsylvania State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Pinnacle Surgical Partners
Five clinic office locations in Middle Tennessee

Phone: (615) 885-2778
Fax: (615) 986-6052

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