by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, December 11, 2015
The neck is a very complicated array of bones, ligaments and muscles working together to hold your head up and allow it to move in a wide range of motions. When any one of these parts gets overused or misused, pain immediately follows. That’s why you want to find Fresh Meadows neck pain specialists you can trust. Before you take expensive prescription drugs or go for surgery, it just makes sense to try drug-free care first.
Causes Of Neck Pain
Bad posture is one of the most common causes for neck pain, but there are many other factors that contribute to its onset. Osteoarthritis is another very common cause, and trauma, such as the whiplash caused by a car accident, results in injuries that can produce pain for years to come, if left untreated. The longer a neck injury is left untreated, the harder it is to recover from it, and it takes a special type of care to completely recover.
Muscle strains and worn joints are normally caused overuse, and happen more easily as we age and hunch more. As the cartilage between vertebrae ages and suffers from wear and tear, we might see nerve compression, herniated discs and even bone spurs.
Another Reason to See a PT First – The FDA Says Common Drugs Can Harm You
Self-medicating is a very popular tendency that is very detrimental in the long run: the patient takes pain management medications to remain productive, but is only attacking the symptom, not the cause, and eventually pain it can increase to the point that it becomes unmanageable, and a visit to a specialist, inevitable.
In fact, the FDA has now changed it’s position on the most popular pain relievers according to an article published in the Bangor Daily News.
Ibuprofen, sold as Motrin and Advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are in the news again, and not for a good reason. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ramping up its warnings about the risks of these drugs for their role in causing heart attacks and strokes. Some of the other drugs include Celebrex, Aleve, Naprosyn and Toredol. (Aspirin was not included in this recent warning.)
It has been known for some time that these drugs — called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs — have serious side effects and are a major cause of drug-induced injury. They are estimated to cause at least 16,000 deaths per year and send 100,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. The most common problems they cause are digestive ulcers and associated bleeding. In fact, some doctors give a drug to reduce stomach acid to minimize the stomach-damaging effects of NSAIDs. (Of course, that drug is not without side effects of its own.)
Drugs can help. Don’t get us wrong. But before you risk heart or kidney issues, why not try a great drug-free option…one of our cervical spine clinical experts. We are available for a consultation and to tailor a treatment plan after your specific needs. Contact us today, because there is no need for you to live every day managing pain. Get rid of it instead.