Dr. Raiszadeh shares conservative treatments for neck pain.
The conservative treatments for neck pain are several. First it could be rest. So if you know that you twisted your neck or if you know you slept wrong, rest it. Next is anti-inflammatory medicines–Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, Naprosyn–all these are great anti-inflammatory medicines that we take. Tylenol, as contrary to belief, you know lot of people use Tylenol just for anti-inflammatory action, but Tylenol has no anti-inflammatory action. Everything that Tylenol does is for pain.
So if you have a lot of pain you can take the Tylenol, but the downside of the Tylenol is you got to watch out because it could hurt your liver. So Tylenol is good for pain; anti-inflammatory medicines are great for, if you immediately injured it and that could help you resolve and get you over the acute symptoms. Once your acute symptoms are resolved, then you start physical therapy.
So again, time, rest, medicines, short-term, not a fan of long-term medicine use and not narcotics. So no Vicodin, Percocet–these stronger narcotics is clearly kept for other instances, but for those medicines, in addition once you resolved the acute symptoms, then I would start with physical therapy, strengthening and stretching of your neck muscles or your back muscles.
About Dr. Raiszadeh, M.D.:
Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the complex field of adult spinal surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received the Paul Harrington Award for Research. He also completed a specialized internship and residency program at Baylor before achieving the highest level of medical education and fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical School. During this fellowship, under the directorship of multiple neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons, he became skilled in treating all forms of pediatric and adult spinal conditions.