Neck Pain: Causes and Treatments

Neck pain can make it difficult to perform routine daily tasks. Simple activities such as carrying groceries or even driving can be painful when you have neck pain and discomfort. Many effective treatment methods are available for alleviating neck pain due to a variety of causes. Dr. Gina Beech, the board certified chiropractor at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, treats neck pain. 

Causes of Neck Pain

When the ligaments, tendons, or spinal discs in the neck become strained or damaged, pain and discomfort can occur. Numerous activities, injuries, and conditions can lead to pain, stiffness, and discomfort in the neck. Some common reasons for neck pain include: 

  • Poor posture
  • Carrying heavy items
  • Sleeping in an odd position 
  • Overuse of the neck muscles
  • Sprained muscles or ligaments
  • Trauma, a fracture, or an injury 
  • Medical conditions (e.g., arthritis or osteoporosis)
  • Obesity or being overweight 
  • A bone spur or tumor
  • A herniated disc
  • A pinched nerve 

Treatments for Neck Pain 

Neck pain that is not treated could become worse and even make it difficult to comfortably or safely perform certain movements. For instance, turning the head side to side can be difficult when experiencing pain or stiffness in the neck. The ability to drive could be impeded if you are unable to readily turn the neck and head. 

Several highly effective options are available for treating neck pain and discomfort. The type of treatment needed will depend on such factors as the cause and severity of your neck pain.The experienced chiropractor at our office in Bethesda, MD, treats neck pain utilizing a variety of methods and techniques, including: 

  • Neck collar
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal manipulation and traction 
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory or pain medications
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Heat therapy
  • Applying ice

Neck pain can occur for various reasons. If you are struggling with pain, discomfort, or stiffness in the neck area, we can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Beech to learn more about the different options for treating your neck pain by calling Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, at (301) 897-8500.

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  • "This was written on a yelp review of Dr. Beech. "This review of Dr. Gina Beech comes very easy to write. She is ot just a talented chiropractor, but she is also caring and generous with her patients. Her practice is pleasantly informal. It is a community. Everyone is friendly and dedicated to helping patients.
    I am a veterinary chiropractor and Dr. Beech's approach to patient care is similar to mine. I appreciate her combination of modalities: e-stim, ultrasound, and osseous adjustments. When needed, she will also recommend nutraceuticals such as Standard Process supplements.
    My work is often very physical and Dr. Beech keeps me running well. I am now seeing her almost weekly for my tune-ups. I find her care necessary and invaluable. I always feel great after treatment."
    Leanne L.
  • "Dr. Beech runs a great practice. She and her staff are accommodating and personable, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for patients. I've had a wonderful experience going here. Dr. Beech provides excellent, effective treatment and I feel like I am in good hands when undergoing therapy for my neck/upper back injury. Moreover, there is little to no waiting time to go in to see the doctor when coming in to the office for an appointment, which is nice. Most importantly, I know I am receiving the right care and course of treatment needed to heal. I highly recommend Bethesda Back Center."
    Sue B.
  • "I have been going to Dr. Beech for about eight years. When you enter her office, you are treated as if you are a friend entering her home. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back. Sometimes she personally answers phone call and e-mails. I have never experienced that with any other doctor. She spends as much time as she considers necessary with her patients. unlike many doctors who seem to be in a rush to see their next patient."
    Mark G.