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Neck Pain Specialist

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists -  - Pain Management

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists

Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine located in Northern Virginia

Neck pain is among the top five most common disorders among men and women in the United States. If your neck pain lasts beyond a few days with no relief, John Huffman, MD, can create an individualized treatment plan for you at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to find out more about neck pain causes and available treatments.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is often temporary and goes away with a little rest and home care. Several issues, however, may lead to prolonged or severe neck pain. At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, Dr. Huffman diagnoses and treats neck pain from:

  • Muscle strain
  • Muscle tension
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Infections
  • Spinal stenosis

Neck pain can develop when you are stressed and hold a lot of muscle tension in your neck. It might also occur when you hold your neck in one position for too long, like if you sleep in an awkward position or sit at a desk and work for hours at a time. It helps to change positions frequently and be mindful of your posture at all times.

When should I seek treatment for neck pain?

You might be able to relieve your neck pain by resting, stretching, massaging your neck, or applying ice and heat at home. Even though many cases of neck pain are easy to treat on your own, some may require professional treatment for an injury or degenerative condition. You should consider booking an appointment at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists for your neck pain if it accompanies:

  • A lump in your neck
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swollen glands
  • Nausea or vomiting

You should also consider booking an appointment if you find no relief within two weeks of the onset of your neck pain. 

What are my treatment options for neck pain?

Dr. Huffman takes a primarily noninvasive approach to treating neck pain and overcoming stiffness that often comes with it. He creates a personalized treatment plan to help strengthen your neck muscles, improve circulation, and reduce the pain.

Each treatment plan is different and involves follow-up appointments with Dr. Huffman to ensure its success. Your program might include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Pain relief medications
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Chiropractic care
  • Ice and heat therapy

Dr. Huffman oversees your treatment and can adjust according to your needs. You might need to try several approaches before finding one that works to relieve your neck pain.

To review all available treatment options for prolonged or severe neck pain, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or schedule an appointment online today.