Best neck pain doctor in Dexter, ME

The vast majority of Americans will experience neck pain at some point in their life. Regardless of the cause, you want to find the best neck pain doctor possible for your treatment. The Dexter, Maine office of Back in Motion physical therapy explores some common causes of neck pain and the best neck pain doctor to treat it.

Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are a type of secondary chronic headache which means it is caused by an underlying problem or dysfunction in the neck. The most common cause of cervicogenic headache is poor posture. Sitting hunched over places the head in a forward position that puts strain on the muscles in the neck and can actually shift the vertebrae in the neck against its natural alignment.

A chiropractor is a skilled practitioner in spinal and cervical manipulation. Adjustments can place the cervical vertebrae back in their natural alignment reducing tension in the muscles and relieving neck pain and cervicogenic headache symptoms.

Arthritis

Arthritis in the neck is more likely to develop in older patients. As we age, the protective discs between our vertebrae that cushion and support our neck can break down and bone can grow in its place. This bone growth can place pressure on nerves in the neck and cause radiating pain down the neck, shoulder and arm.

The rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating patients with arthritis. They are able to prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce inflammation. In severe cases, a rheumatologist may inject a corticosteroid directly into the joint to provide immediate relief from neck pain and stiffness.

Physical therapy for neck pain

The physical therapists of Back in Motion are adept at diagnosing and treating neck pain. During your first appointment, the therapist will evaluate your symptoms, gather your medical history and other relevant information, and then create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your neck pain symptoms. We will also work with your physician or neck pain doctor to coordinate your treatment program. If you are experiencing neck pain in the Dexter, Maine area, contact us today to schedule your free 15-minute screening.