Neck pain is extremely common — around a third of American adults experience neck pain at least once a year. While neck pain often subsides on its own, some problems cause chronic pain that can interfere with your quality of life. Sujan Gogu, DO, and Stephanie Baker, MD, offer specialized diagnosis and treatment for neck pain at OrthoCare in Harlingen, Texas. You shouldn't ignore recurring or chronic neck pain. Call OrthoCare or schedule a consultation online today for expert care.
While many issues contribute to neck pain, poor posture is a leading cause. For example, the average American spends over five hours a day with their head tilted down to scroll through their phone. You could have poor posture while sitting at your desk at work, tilting your head up or down to see your screen, or slumping over your keyboard.
Over time, keeping your head and neck in an abnormal position puts significant strain on the vertebrae, muscles, and connective tissue, leading to pain and stiffness.
Other causes of neck pain include:
Neck pain can range in severity and duration and interfere with your ability to turn or nod your head. It can also cause radiating symptoms in your shoulders, arms, and back.
Neck pain is so common that you might be tempted to think it's just a normal part of life. However, if your neck pain persists for more than a few days of rest and at-home care like ice, heat, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, it's time to talk to a professional.
You should also make an appointment at OrthoCare if you injure your neck, have reduced mobility, or notice any signs of nerve compression such as tingling, numbness, or weakness in your arms or hands.
The doctors at OrthoCare use comprehensive exams and diagnostic tests to find the cause of your neck pain. During your exam, they review your symptoms and medical history and ask about any injuries or lifestyle factors contributing to your discomfort.
Your doctor might order X-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies to collect more information about your condition to confirm your diagnosis. They also use postural analysis to identify issues that could contribute to your pain.
After your diagnosis, your doctor creates a customized plan to address and relieve the underlying cause of your pain. Depending on your specific needs, your treatment program could include:
If you have persistent or recurring neck pain that interferes with your life, call OrthoCare or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.