Neck pain is one of the most common pain issues in America today. Akara Forsythe, MD, and Joseph Oppong, Jr., MD, provide expert diagnosis and customized treatment for neck pain at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers in Bowie, Salisbury, and Laurel, Maryland. If neck pain is interfering with your life, call the practice or make an appointment online today for expert, personalized care.
With the average American spending four hours a day or more with their head tilted down to look at their phone, it’s no surprise that poor posture is one of the most common causes of neck pain. When you tilt your head down to look at your phone, tablet, or another mobile device, the weight of your head stresses the muscles and connective tissue in your neck.
Other conditions and injuries that cause neck pain include:
You may also have neck pain from whiplash or another neck injury from a sports accident or automobile collision.
At Innovative Pain Solutions Centers, Dr. Forsythe and Dr. Oppong provide comprehensive exams to identify the injury or condition causing your neck pain. Your exam begins with a conversation about your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. Your doctor feels your neck, spine, and shoulders for signs of inflammation or abnormality that could contribute to your pain.
Your doctor will gently move your head and neck to gauge your pain and see how it limits your range of motion. They may also order a diagnostic imaging test such as an X-ray or MRI to study your vertebrae, muscles, and connective tissue for signs of injury or inflammation.
Your doctor at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers creates a customized treatment plan to both relieve your neck pain and resolve the condition causing it. While each treatment program is unique, both Dr. Forsythe and Dr. Oppong often combine therapies to optimize your results.
For example, they may combine medication management or trigger point injections with physical therapy or aqua therapy. Ideally, your treatment should provide nearly immediate pain relief as well as therapies to heal your neck, stopping your pain for good.
If you have neck pain that lasts for more than a few days and doesn’t subside with at-home treatments such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, hot and cold therapies, and rest, you should make an appointment to talk to one of the doctors at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers. If you have any numbness, tingling, or loss of strength in your arms, make an appointment right away.
Call or schedule a consultation online today at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers for neck pain treatment.