Neck Pain Specialist

Alpenglow Pain & Wellness -  - Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician

Alpenglow Pain & Wellness

Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician & Board Certified Anesthesiologist located in Anchorage, AK

Neck pain can lead to headaches that often make thinking straight or moving your head properly difficult. Dr. Nichelle C. Renk in Anchorage, Alaska, has extensive experience determining the root cause of neck pain and providing an array of effective treatment methods, such as lifestyle modifications and physical therapy. Call the office today to get started.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain caused by strain or muscle tension may subside within a few days. Chronic neck pain lasts for several weeks or more and might respond to stretching, exercise, massage, and watchful waiting, but in some cases, it doesn’t.

During your appointment, Dr. Renk helps determine the appropriate treatments to manage and relieve the type of neck pain you’re experiencing.

Other possible causes of neck pain, include:

  • Always carrying a bag on the same shoulder
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Emotional stress
  • Arthritis
  • Poor posture
  • TMJ
  • Trauma or injury from accidents
  • Worn joints

Bending over a desk for hours and sleeping in an uncomfortable position can also cause neck pain and aggravate your neck muscles.

What are the different treatments for neck pain?

During your consultation with Dr. Renk, she discusses your medical history and requests any necessary imaging or testing, such as X-rays, an MRI, or blood work, to determine levels of inflammation and if other factors are involved.

Dr. Renk checks for tenderness, numbness, and muscle weakness in your neck and shoulder area and identifies how far you can move your head forward, backward, and side to side.

To help relieve your neck pain, Dr. Renk is likely to recommend lifestyle modifications along with one or more of the following treatments:

  • Physical therapy
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Soft neck collars or other supportive devices for your neck
  • Cooled radiofrequency treatment
  • Pain psychology
  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy
  • Acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine
  • Limited use of medications

To relieve your neck pain at home, Dr. Renk recommends alternating a heat and ice pack, warm showers, stretching, improving your posture, and massaging the neck and shoulder muscles.

What are the benefits of regenerative medicine for neck pain?

Regenerative medicine focuses on accelerating your body’s natural healing processes and regenerating or replacing tissues that damaged by trauma, congenital conditions, or disease. The treatments relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Choosing regenerative medicine therapies to relieve your neck pain offers many benefits, including avoiding and minimizing surgery and medication whenever possible.

Protect your neck and relieve your pain with the help of compassionate specialist Dr. Renk.