Neck Pain Specialist

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Interventional Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine located in West Des Moines, IA
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Neck Pain services offered in West Des Moines, IA

If you experience a work-related injury or you’re rear-ended in a car accident, it’s normal to experience neck pain. Still, if your symptoms persist or get worse, don’t wait to visit a medical professional. At  Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC, physical medicine and rehabilitation provider Michael D. Jackson, MD, FAAPMR, uses holistic treatments to relieve neck pain. Call the office or click the online booking feature today to make an appointment at the West Des Moines, Iowa, practice.

Neck Pain Q&A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is any discomfort that affects your cervical spine –– the seven vertebrae and surrounding soft tissues that support your head. 

Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal issue that affects people of all ages. Usually, it responds to ice and rest, but if your symptoms persist, it could point to a more serious underlying condition. 

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Working at a desk
  • Sleeping in an awkward position
  • Straining your neck during exercise
  • Being rear-ended 
  • Herniated discs

You might also experience neck pain if you have an underlying medical issue, like arthritis, a fracture, or a strained muscle.

When should I visit a medical specialist about neck pain?

Most cases of neck pain are mild and resolve on their own with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication. If your pain gets worse or interferes with your ability to drive, work, or exercise, contact Dr. Jackson right away.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To diagnose neck pain, Dr. Jackson reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and if the pain is dull, sharp, or throbbing. Next, he physically examines your neck, gently moving it from side to side, testing its strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

If an exam isn’t enough to make a diagnosis, Dr. Jackson might also order X-rays or MRI to see if there’s a fracture or a herniated disc.

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Jackson treats neck pain using a holistic and interventional medicine approach. Instead of just masking your symptoms, he treats the underlying cause. 

Depending on the source of your neck pain, Dr. Jackson might recommend:

  • Ultrasound guided injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Neck traction pillow
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine

Sometimes, several types of treatment are necessary. To ensure a positive outcome, attend each appointment and carefully follow your provider’s instructions.

Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Treatment for Arthritis can decrease pain, improve function, sometimes stop joint damage, and slow joint destruction.

To explore the various treatment options for neck pain, make an appointment at Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC  by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.

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