Conditions We Treat

Chronic Neck Pain

Unfortunately, neck pain is extremely common, with up 50% of adults experiencing it in any given year. Even more, up to 85% of cases turn chronic.

Fortunately, there are ways to find pain relief. With a better understanding of the causes and conditions associated with your neck pain, you can work with a doctor to find relief from your pain.

Keep reading to find out more.

Shot of a doctor assessing a patient for chronic neck pain

What is Chronic Neck Pain?

Chronic neck pain is typically referred to as pain that persists longer than 6 months, sometimes even ongoing for years.

It’s thought that chronic pain happens because nerves become damaged, and the receptor nerve cells that send the signals to the spinal cord become overactive.

Very similar to chronic back pain, this condition can limit your mobility, prevent sleep, and more. Whether you’re struggling to get around due to an injury or you’re in chronic pain, speaking to a licensed professional can help you regain your life.

Shot of a woman holding her neck experiencing back pain

What Causes Chronic Neck Pain?

Neck pain, whether acute or chronic, is one of the most common reasons for a trip to the doctor – but it’s actually a symptom of an underlying problem that your healthcare provider can help you identify.

It’s important to seek the proper medical attention because the cause of chronic neck or upper back pain can be tricky to identify without diagnostic testing.

Some examples of conditions that could cause chronic pain are:

  • Injury/Illness
  • Arthritis
  • Normal Aging

What Are The Symptoms of Chronic Neck Pain?

Chronic neck pain is going to feel very similar to non-chronic, or acute, back pain – it could manifest as:

  • Aching
  • Limited range of motion
  • Sharp stabbing pain with movement.

Chronic pain, however, will not dissipate over the course of a few weeks, or with normal rest and recuperation.

If your pain has lasted for longer than even two weeks, we would recommend seeking care.

Shot of a woman explaining her neck pain to the doctor in a doctor’s office

What Are My Treatment Options for Chronic Neck Pain?

It’s crucial that you see a licensed medical professional to ensure your pain is properly managed, while also finding the source of your pain. This is the quickest and easiest way to reclaim your life and ease of movement.

Some of the ways your doctor may treat your pain are:

  • Trigger point injections – Trigger point injections can help soothe muscle pain in your neck, by injecting pain relief into the ‘trigger points’ of your muscle.

  • Steroid injections – Depending on the cause of your pain, steroid injections can help limit and bring down inflammation and ease pain.

  • Radiofrequency Ablations – This is a nonsurgical procedure making use of radiofrequency waves, targeting nerves sending the pain signals – interrupting them, and limiting or preventing pain.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chronic Neck Pain

1. How can I relieve pain in my neck?
While many forms of neck and upper back pain can be treated at home, it’s important to remember that chronic pain should be treated by a medical professional. Schedule a consultation today!

2. How can I fix neck pain at home?
For mild neck pain, at home treatments include: plenty of rest and applying ice to the location of pain in 20 minute increments throughout the day. For chronic pain, we strongly recommend you seek the care of a professional.

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