Treatment for Arm and Neck Pain Originating from the Cervical Spine

Arm and neck pain originating from the cervical spine can slow you down. And in the most severe of cases, it can stop you from partaking in simple daily activities. Fortunately, there are a variety of conservative measures you can experiment with to overcome your pain and regain control of your life.

To start, speak with your doctor about the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as Naproxen, Ibuprofen, and possibly even steroids. 

Additionally, physical therapy plays a key role in the management of neck and arm pain originating from the cervical spine. Your physical therapist can work with you to hopefully resolve the root cause of your issues. 

If there’s no improvement over the course of three to four weeks, your doctor will talk to you about additional steps. This generally means getting an MRI of the cervical spine. Depending on the results, you may continue with conservative measures or try something more advanced, such as an epidural injection. 

The last resort is surgery. While it’s not preferred, it can be successful in fixing specific issues such as pain related to pressure on the spine or nerve roots.

Arm and neck pain originating from the cervical spine is serious, but that doesn’t mean you have to learn to live with it. Conservative treatment measures may be just what you need to get back on your feet. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.