Neck Pain Specialist

Core Rehab LLC -  - Physical Therapist

Core Rehab LLC

Physical Therapist & Chiropractic Care located in Chicago, IL

Researchers estimate that 15% of Americans experience neck pain at any given time. Though it usually resolves on its own, some neck pain points to a more serious underlying health problem like arthritis. At Core Rehab LLC, the providers use integrative, minimally invasive treatments to manage neck pain in people of all ages. To make an appointment at the office in Chicago, Illinois, call or schedule online today.

Neck Pain Q&A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain refers to any stiffness, aching, or general discomfort that affects the cervical spine, the portion of your spine that runs from the top of your shoulders to the base of your skull. Often, neck pain occurs due to poor posture or overuse. If your symptoms persist or don’t respond to conservative at-home treatments, contact Core Rehab LLC right away.

When should I visit a specialist about neck pain?

If you experience neck pain that lasts for more than a week, make an appointment at Core Rehab LLC. That’s especially true if your pain is associated with other symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble swallowing or breathing
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain that extends into your limbs
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction

If your neck pain is due to an auto injury or a work injury, immediately visit a doctor.

What are some common causes of neck pain?

Core Rehab LLC treats neck pain caused by:

Poor posture

If you sleep in an awkward position or sit in front of a computer all day, you’re more likely to experience neck pain. Improving your posture and making your office more ergonomic can reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Injuries

Auto, sports, and work injuries can strain or sprain the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in your neck. To lower the risk of injury-related neck pain (like whiplash), always wear your seatbelt, wear the proper safety equipment, and listen to your body if anything feels amiss.

Arthritis

Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 diseases that affect the joints. Some of the most common types of arthritis that affect the neck include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spinal stenosis. 

Herniated discs

A herniated disc occurs when a vertebral disc breaks through its protective outer shell, placing pressure on a nerve. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include neck and shoulder pain and tingling or numbness that extends into the arms and hands.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To diagnose neck pain, your Core Rehab LLC provider conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity, when they first started, and if activities like work or exercise make them worse. Afterward, they assess your neck’s ability to stretch as well as its range of motion.

If these steps don’t provide enough insight into your condition, your provider might order diagnostic imaging like a discogram, X-rays, or an MRI. Your provider uses these screening tools to pinpoint the source of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment of neck pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Core Rehab LLC usually recommends conservative, minimally invasive measures, including:

  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural injections
  • Stellate ganglion block
  • Nerve blocks
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Exercise and posture modifications
  • Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D)

If conservative treatments don’t provide significant relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. Core Rehab LLC has several spine surgeons with years of experience.

To explore treatment for neck pain, make an appointment at Core Rehab LLC by calling the office or scheduling online today.