Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina discusses several non-surgical treatments for neck pain. He discusses the importance of physical fitness in reducing neck and back pain. How to treat yourself for minor pain and when to see a doctor. View this video for more information.
To contact Dr. Albright, call 919-863-6808.
Transcription of video:
Non-surgical treatments for neck problems
Hello, my name is Dr. Dan Albright. I’m an orthopedic spine surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’d like to talk to you today about how to treat neck pain, neck problems without surgery.
Indeed surgery is needed sometimes. That’s the subject for a different segment.
Non-surgical treatment is needed most of the time for neck troubles. Of course it depends what the problem is with the neck, but usually if it’s muscle strain, myofascial strain or pain or arthritis pain some general approaches are helpful.
One, physical conditioning. The better shape
you’re in the better you do. And a lot of us are caught at a computer, caught at a desk, or caught driving in the car too much. And you get stiff, you get achy and you need to stretch. You need to get some cardio aerobic conditioning going. You need to get some weight training going. So fitness, fitness matters for almost everybody. We all can be in better shape usually. The better shape you’re in the better you’ll feel with your neck and your back. So, that’s the first thing for treatments for neck pains, is just fitness.
Then also proper posture, ergonomics. Sitting at your workstation well. Look at how you’re sitting. If you are slumping for six hours you’re probably going to hurt more. You need to get up, stretch
sit up straight, have a good chair, have your workstation at eye level, don’t be in a weird, odd position. Talk to a therapist. Physical therapy, they’re good coaches. They can spend some time with you go over the proper mechanics for your neck, strengthening techniques for your core and your neck, and how to avoid bad habits. So, physical therapy plays a role here.
The chiropractor occasionally can help, but it’s far more important
for you to be in shape, use good habits – be toned with your muscles.
Anti-inflammatories play a role if you are having a particularly bad day, I would take some ibuprofen or Aleve or aspirin. Those are anti-inflammatories they are just as good as any prescription anti-inflammatory. So, Anti-inflammatories hopefully on a limited
short-term basis are good. If you’re allowed to take anti-inflammatories from your medical doctor, if they say that’s fine.
Those are the main points. For more information I’m happy to talk to you anytime. I have a website it’s danalbrightmd.com and our appointments line, to come on in, is 919-863-6808. Thanks.