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5 Myths About Neck Pain

Many myths exist regarding chronic pain, the most painful of which might be that you should just accept that stiff muscles, aching joints, and reduced mobility are part of the aging process.     

John S. Michels, MD, is a highly respected pain management specialist who provides outstanding care for patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. 

This award-winning physician overcame his own battle with pain after an injury during his years as an NFL champion, which helps define his commitment to helping you conquer the debilitating effects of chronic pain.

He’s happy to provide information about neck pain and the many effective treatments available that refute the myths surrounding this common complaint. 

Myth 1: Neck pain is unavoidable as you age

There are many issues associated with aging that can lead to debilitating neck pain, including wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis), degenerative disc disease, and others.

But Dr. Michels offers many innovative treatments that effectively relieve your symptoms and help prevent further joint deterioration and pain, including:

Successful treatment depends on a thorough evaluation that uncovers the issue(s) causing your symptoms.  

Myth 2: Surgery is the best treatment option for neck pain

Surgery is typically a last resort for neck pain because there are many noninvasive treatments available that provide truly effective relief without the risks and recovery process required for surgical treatments. We also offer treatments that can help relieve discomfort due to unsuccessful spine or neck surgery. 

Myth 3: You can’t prevent neck pain

Good posture, appropriate lifting techniques, a nutritious diet, and even the type of pillow you use can effectively reduce your risk of developing neck pain. 

Dr. Michels takes a holistic approach to medicine and considers prevention a primary goal for any treatment plan he designs. This includes providing practical education regarding the steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing neck pain.

Myth 4: Whiplash only happens during car accidents

Whiplash is caused by the rapid back-and-forth movement of your neck that’s often a consequence of rear-end collisions. 

This forceful and unexpected movement, which can damage bones, strain ligaments and muscles, and inflame nerves in the neck, also occurs during accidental falls, sports injuries, and other traumatic events. 

Even a seemingly minor injury can lead to neck discomfort associated with whiplash.

Myth 5: Desk jobs don’t cause neck pain

Long hours spent in front of a computer, frequent use of a cell phone, and other screen activities associated with work and social life are a primary cause of chronic neck pain due to poor posture.

Don’t live with chronic pain. Regardless of what’s causing your neck discomfort, Dr. Michels can design a treatment strategy that relieves your symptoms and reduces your risk of future issues. Schedule your visit today.

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