MedicationWhile it may be tempting to jump head first into a promising procedure or operation, it is important to exhaust all other options before turning to surgery. While simple lifestyle modifications and physical therapy can sometimes be enough, more complex cases often call for medication.

  • Over-the-Counter Medication. Nonprescription pain relievers include creams or gels, acetaminophen, and NSAIDs. These often help with musculoskeletal pain and can be used in low dosages.
  • Prescription Medication. Prescription drugs include corticosteroids, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers. These are often used to reduce inflammation, block pain signals, and promote healing.
  • Injections. Injections are the third option for pain relief. While each specific type of injection is typically only administered 1-3 times in any given year, they often provide quick, effective relief without the need for excessive medication.

When medication does not work, it sometimes means surgery is the next step. After trying prescription medications and injections, most doctors will suggest looking at surgical alternatives as the next option. Thanks to major developments in the field of science and medicine, neck surgeries have become highly accurate, safe, and effective.

If you have never considered neck surgery in the past, now may be the time to start thinking about it as a viable treatment option. Ask a medical specialist for more information on the risks and benefits before proceeding.