Non-surgical Treatment for Neck Pain
What Treatments a Spine Expert Recommends before Surgery
Dr. Dan Riew, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the cervical spine, talks about the non-surgical treatment options for neck pain. Conservative treatments are always tried first, except in the most severe cases (where you have, for example, trouble walking or balancing).
He points out that waiting out the pain is actually a treatment option. If your pain isn’t overwhelming or debilitating, you can give it time and see if it improves. Since a lot of neck pain is caused by a muscle sprain or strain, giving your soft tissues a chance to heal is a good idea in some cases.
Dr. Riew also reviews other typical non-surgical options, including medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, and chiropractic care.