Neck pain can be frustrating, painful, and even debilitating. If you suffer from chronic neck pain, don’t lose hope. Seek out a variety of solutions and find one that works for you.

Neck PainTypes of Neck Pain

According to experts in the field of medicine, there are generally considered three classifications of neck pain/disorder:

  • Axial Neck Pain. Axial pain is musculoskeletal in nature and is soft tissue pain. An example of axial neck pain would be muscle strain or whiplash. It can also be result of a painful disc or joint in the neck.
  • Myelopathy. Myelopathy is resulting from pressure on the spinal cord. Symptoms of myelopathy  can include neck pain that radiates down the arms and causes weakness or numbness.
    • Often there may not be pain but simply weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Radiculopathy. This type of neck pain stems from nerve root compression. Symptoms here also include arm pain and numbness or weakness.

Potential Neck Pain Solutions

What works for one individual may not work for you, and vice versa. But it is worth exploring all options before selecting a particular treatment plan.

  • Physical therapy. Gentle exercise can often bring relief to those suffering from neck pain. Exercise is beneficial because it increases mobility, releases endorphins in the body, and reduces stress.
  • Medication. Whether it’s injections, over-the-counter medicine, or prescription drugs, medication can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • Injections. These are often used to help diagnose the specific problem.  They can also be used to help reduce pain while performing physical therapy and allowing the body to try to heal itself.
  • Surgery. While usually a final option, surgery can be helpful in reversing the effects of an injury by promoting long-term healing. In cases with Myelopathy, this is often an immediate answer given the severity of compression on the spinal cord and the potential for permanent damage of the pressure is not removed.