Chronic neck pain affects approximately 17.5 million U.S. residents today. For many sufferers, the condition disrupts their sleep and interferes with work and many daily activities.
The traditional treatment approach used to involve attempts to manage the pain using prescription medication, and if that was not effective, risky and invasive surgical interventions.
Causes of Neck Pain
Neck stiffness and discomfort can develop from a variety of causes. However, chronic discomfort is often rooted in a sports injury, overuse, repetitive motion, a pinched nerve or a degenerative condition such as arthritis.
Strains, sprains and other serious injuries can result from a fall, a blow to the face or head or an accident. Whiplash from a car accident is also a common cause of discomfort
For some patients, the pain may be referred from another part of the body. In rare cases, a tumor or infection in the neck can also cause severe pain.
Older patients face an increased risk of developing these conditions, as do athletes and individuals who work at a computer for long stretches of the day. Having a prior neck injury is also a risk factor for developing further problems.
Types of Neck Pain
Patients of all ages and health levels suffer from both chronic and acute neck problems.
Acute (short-term) pain can result from a strain, sprain or muscle spasm, typically from a specific incident or accident. Traditional treatment involves applying ice or heat, taking pain medication and undergoing physical therapy. Unfortunately, these treatment approaches are often insufficient to relieve the discomfort.
Chronic (long-term) pain often develops in response to a medical condition, illness or another type of chronic condition. Doctors typically treat it with only pain medication and, for some patients, antidepressants.
Laser Therapy for Neck Pain
Laser therapy for neck pain offers renewed hope for patients who have obtained little relief from traditional treatment.
Scientific research demonstrates that laser therapy is effective for treating both acute and chronic discomfort. By targeting the body’s natural healing abilities, laser therapy helps reduce inflammation and pain, providing relief while the body undertakes the healing process.
Once the discomfort has lessened, patients can participate in physical therapy and stretching and strengthening exercises designed to prevent the problem from recurring.
Treating upper spine problems with laser therapy is safe and painless. And because this treatment uses the body’s own resources to reduce discomfort and inflammation, patients experience no harmful side effects like those associated with medication.
Utah Laser Therapy is based in Draper, Utah. We assist clients from throughout the Salt Lake City metro area with laser therapy treatment for fibromyalgia, back problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. Contact us today to learn more, and to schedule your consultation for neck pain laser therapy.