Neck Pain Specialist

Rubin S Bashir, MD -  - Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Texas Ortho Spine Center

Rubin S Bashir, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Eastside Houston, Houston, TX

If you’re like most people, you probably pay little attention to your neck until you experience neck pain, at which point it’s difficult to think about anything else. Relief is possible in the care of Rubin Bashir, MD, and his team at Texas Ortho Spine Center in Houston, Texas. Don’t let neck pain prevent you from enjoying life. Call the office today to set up a visit or book using the simple online tool.

Neck Pain Q & A

What could be causing my neck pain?

Occasional neck pain is usually not a cause for concern. It often follows a night spent sleeping in an unusual position, a long day in front of the computer, or even something as simple as a ride on a roller coaster.

If your neck pain is severe or lasts longer than a couple of days, it’s time to see a specialist to find out what’s causing it. Conditions that can lead to neck pain include:

  • Car accidents or sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Herniated discs
  • Nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Some diseases
  • Muscle strains

When you consider its complexity and the role it plays in supporting the weight of your head and enabling flexibility, it’s a wonder neck pain isn’t more common. Just listing its many bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves can be a dizzying feat.

How is neck pain treated?

Reaching an accurate diagnosis is the first step in creating a customized treatment plan for neck pain. That process can include a physical exam, blood work, advanced imaging, and a thorough discussion of your symptoms.

Many people benefit from chiropractic care, which correctly aligns the spine. Acupuncture is also known to reduce neck pain, and physical therapy is another noninvasive treatment.

You might need pain medication to manage the discomfort of neck pain. Muscle relaxers and even some antidepressants can help manage neck pain. Short-term immobilization using a soft neck brace can support your neck while it heals. A brace is a good choice for muscle strain.

In some cases, surgery is the best way to treat neck pain. Your surgeon uses minimally invasive procedures to remove damaged tissue or repair nerve damage without the need for large incisions and lengthy recoveries.

What can I do to reduce my risk of further neck pain?

The modern American lifestyle is a serious contributing factor to neck pain. Hours spent in front of various screens at school, at home, and at work placed undue pressure on your neck.

A sedentary lifestyle can also cause neck pain or make it worse. Habits like carrying heavy bags on one shoulder or holding your phone between your shoulder and ear can strain your neck.

You can limit your risk of neck pain by looking at your daily habits. If you use a computer for hours each day, try placing the monitor on a stand to improve your neck angle or adjust your chair. Limit phone use if you suspect that screen time is causing neck pain. And take a close look at your posture when you’re sitting or walking.

Even something as simple as upgrading your pillow can reduce strain on your neck and prevent further pain. If you smoke, try to find a stop-smoking program that works for you. Smoking affects your circulation and limits your ability to heal naturally.

Schedule a visit today to Texas Ortho Spine Center online or by phone to learn more about neck pain treatments.