Neck Pain Specialist

 

 

 

Everyone has neck pain occasionally, but if you have pain that limits your mobility or interferes with your quality of life, it’s time to get help. At Peak Gastroenterology Associates in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Fort Collins, and Denver, Colorado, Stephen M. Ford, MD, uses his over 25 years of experience in pain management to diagnose the cause of neck pain and create customized, multidisciplinary treatment plans to alleviate your pain and restore your overall health and wellness. Call Peak Gastroenterology Associates or schedule a consultation online today.

 

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

In many cases, neck pain is due to strains and sprains in the muscles and connective tissues in your neck and upper back caused by poor posture. For example, the average American spends more than five hours a day with their head tilted down to look at their phone.

Additionally, millions of people spend their days slouched at a desk tilting their heads up or down to see their computer screens. Holding your head in an abnormal position puts a lot of stress on the muscles and connective tissue in your neck and upper back, which leads to pain and stiffness.

In addition to poor posture and muscle strain, your neck pain could be caused by:

  • Injuries like whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease

Regardless of the cause of neck pain, you don’t have to accept it as a normal part of life.

When should I talk to a doctor about neck pain?

Everyone has a sore or tense neck occasionally. But if you have neck pain that lasts for more than a few days or gets worse instead of better, make an appointment with Dr. Ford at Peak Gastroenterology Associates. He provides thorough assessments to find out what’s causing your neck pain and delivers the treatment you need to alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life.

How is neck pain treated?

At Peak Gastroenterology Associates, Dr. Ford takes a biopsychosocial approach to pain management. Following a comprehensive assessment of your condition, he creates a customized, multidisciplinary treatment plan to alleviate your pain, heal your body, and restore your quality of life.

For example, your treatment plan might include interventional pain management treatments such as trigger point injections, radiofrequency ablation, rhizotomy, and steroid injections. Dr. Ford combines these treatments with physical therapy and lifestyle adjustments to approach your pain from multiple angles for optimal relief.

In addition to assessing your physical health, Dr. Ford uses the patient health questionnaire (PHQ) 9, to screen for depression, which often co-occurs with chronic pain conditions. Dr. Ford’s biopsychosocial approach to pain management is equally focused on protecting and improving your mental and physical wellness.

Call Peak Gastroenterology Associates or make an appointment online today for expert, customized care to alleviate neck pain.

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