Neck Pain Specialist

Maine Rehabilitative Health

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Osteopathic Medicine located in Scarborough, ME

Neck pain is one of the most common problems people face, resulting in loss of workdays, lower quality of life, and often lingering long enough to frustrate and exhaust you. If it’s an issue for you on a regular basis, or it’s severe enough to dampen your quality of life, you may need to see a doctor. For expert diagnosis and treatment of your neck pain, visit Vincent Herzog, DO, of Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare in Scarborough, Maine. Make an appointment online or call the office today for more information.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

The components of your neck that allow it to support your head while also connecting your brain to your body also make it particularly vulnerable to injuries that can bring neck pain. Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Poor posture
  • A repetitive motion
  • Bad sleep habits
  • Grinding your teeth, especially at night
  • Carrying something heavy often, like a purse or bag
  • Pinched nerves
  • A sports injury
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis

Any of these could cause your neck pain, either acute or chronic.

When should I see a doctor for neck pain?

Most often, your neck pain will subside quickly with rest and home care. However, if your neck pain is a direct result of an injury, like a car accident or a fall, then you should see Dr. Herzog after your acute care evaulation and treatment.

Neck pain that is severe and lasts longer than a day or two is also enough reason to see Dr. Herzog, especially if it’s accompanied by a weak or dizzy feeling.

What happens when I go to the doctor for neck pain?

The first step, of course, is figuring out what’s causing your neck pain. Imaging techniques like X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can detect the exact nature of your problem, and point to the best possible decision for your care.

Treatment will most often consist of physical medicine or medication, though if Dr. Herzog finds a more serious issue in your imaging, he may refer you to a surgeon or other specialist.

How can I prevent neck pain?

If you want to avoid a trip to the doctor altogether, try these steps to keep neck pain from ever starting. Some tips include:

  • Keeping good posture in sitting and standing, with your head directly over your spinal cord
  • Adjusting your computer and desk chair into comfortable positions
  • Taking frequent stretch breaks from your computer or TV
  • Stopping smoking as soon as possible
  • Adjusting sleeping positions to promote good posture

While it’s impossible to guarantee you’ll never have neck pain, these steps make it much less likely that it will be a chronic part of your life.

If you have neck pain or a question about neck pain, call the Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare office or set up an appointment online.