Neck Pain Treatment

Neck pain can impact your quality of life and make it difficult to focus at work and home. If you experience a neck injury or struggle with constant neck pain, it is time to speak with an orthopedic specialist

Ortho OIC is an urgent care specializing in orthopedic services in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about neck pain and how we can provide you with quick and accurate treatment.

What Is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a familiar symptom that describes pain felt in or around the spine below your head, also known as the cervical spine. You can experience neck pain in many ways, including:

  • Persistent ache
  • Decreased ability to move your head
  • Stabbing or burning pain
  • Neck muscle tightness, strain or spasms
  • Pain that worsens when holding your head in one place
  • Neck pain plus headache

What Causes Neck Pain?

As with other orthopedic issues, neck pain has many potential causes, including aging or a degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis. It could also be the result of an accident or injury.

Common Neck Injuries

Here are some of the most common neck injuries that require treatment:

  • Neck muscle strain: A strain happens when fibers in your neck’s muscle or tendon stretch too far and tear.
  • Whiplash: This injury occurs when your neck suddenly moves backward and forward.
  • Sports-related injury: Close-contact sports can easily hurt your neck.
  • Repetitive stress injury: Any work that requires repetitively moving your neck or holding your neck in one place can lead to neck pain.
  • Herniated disc or pinched nerve: Over time, repetitive motion and stress can lead to spinal disc degeneration, causing a pinched nerve or herniated disc.
  • Fracture: Compression fractures occur when the bony block in the cervical spine collapses.

When to See Neck Pain Doctors

If your neck pain is severe, persists for several days without relief or includes tingling, numbness or weakness, it’s time to visit an orthopedic specialist.

Treatment for Neck Pain

At Ortho OIC, our neck pain specialists thoroughly evaluate your condition and administer any diagnostic tests required, including on-site X-rays. 

Our treatment aim will be to relieve pain and improve overall function with:

  • Bracing: Support for the neck and spine while limiting head movement.
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises to strengthen muscles surrounding the neck to provide support and stability.
  • Anesthetic Blocks: An injection of numbing medication to bathe the affected nerve to reduce pain. 
  • Surgery: Intervention to repair damages to the discs or vertebrae in the neck.

Visit Ortho OIC to Speak With an Orthopedic Specialist Fast

If you’re experiencing neck pain and looking for a nearby neck specialist, you can skip the wait at the emergency room. Experience specialized orthopedic care quickly at Ortho OIC. Our dedicated team has extensive experience treating neck pain and works with you to restore you to full function.

Book your appointment today through our online portal, or contact us to speak with a member of our caring team.