Neck Pain

Most neck pain occurs in the occipital, cervical or upper back area. Most cases of neck pain are self-limiting sprains or strains. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by impact from the rear such as a motor vehicle accident. This may result in fracture, subluxation, joint instability, disc herniation or facet impingement. Disc herniation may cause never numbness or weakness down the arm. Arthritis, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis also cause neck pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can also occur in the cervical region. As the spinal canal shrinks the nerves that go through it are squeezed. This may cause neck pain or arm pain, numbness and weakness. Arthritis, falls, accidents and wear and tear on the bones and joints in the spine play a part in stenosis. Spinal stenosis is found most often in those over 50 due to aging.

 

Degenerative Disc Disease, OA – See separate information page

 

Standard medical treatments:

Rest

NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory drugs)

Muscle relaxants

Pain medicine

Posture modification

Steroid injections

Physical therapy

Ice packs/heating pad

Exercise

Water exercise

Spinal surgery

 

Supportive and alternative treatments:

Nutritional –

Magnesium – muscle relaxant

Bromelain – enzymatic anti-inflammatory

Glucosamine sulfate – well researched anti-inflammatory

Serrapeptase – enzymatic anti-inflammatory and dissolves scar tissue

Homeopathic –

Traumeel – combination remedy for inflammation and would healing

Zeel – combination remedy for arthritic joint pain

Symphytum – for bone and periosteum healing

Hydrotherapy – hot epsom salt soaks, herbal warm packs

Analgesic packs – castor oil, hemp oil, Chinese herbal liniment

Acupuncture

Chiropractic

Massage therapy

Rolfing – deep tissue massage

 

Neck Pain and Cannabis

Cannabis is helpful for muscle spasm of the neck muscles, pain and inflammation. It can be used internally and/or topically, applied directly to the affected area, to provide relief without psychoactive effects.

A prominent California Orthopedic Surgeon supports the use of cannabis to treat pain in his patients. “I can state confidently, as a physician with an extensive practice and specialized expertise in pain management, that marijuana can prove (and has proven) medically useful to at least some chronic pain patients. Cannabis can serve at least two important roles in safe, effective pain management. It can provide relief from the pain itself (either alone or in combination with other analgesics), and it can control the nausea associated with taking opiod drugs, as well as the nausea, vomiting and dizziness that often accompany severe, prolonged pain.”