Neck Pain Specialist

Bay Area Wellness Center

Chiropractor located in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, FL

Neck pain, stiffness, and spasms can result in discomfort and limited mobility. Targeted treatments designed to restore function and eliminate neck pain at the source can provide much-needed relief. Dr. David Preston and the experienced chiropractors and medical providers at Bay Area Wellness Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, offer customized neck pain treatments that correct problem areas and get rid of unwanted pain. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about Bay Area Wellness Center’s neck pain treatment options.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Trauma to the neck like whiplash -- which is caused by a sudden and forceful motion that jerks the neck forward then backward -- can cause neck muscles to become strained, ligaments to be sprained, resulting in neck pain and limited flexibility.

Herniated discs and bone spurs that press on the nerves in your neck, osteoarthritis that wears down your neck joints, and poor posture can also cause neck pain.

Severe and persistent neck pain can occur for numerous reasons.  Certain diseases, such as meningitis can cause and trigger neck pain.  More serious causes may also occur, causing severe neck pain.  At Bay Area Wellness Center, the medical and chiropractic staff are well trained to diagnose the cause of your neck pain.

How do I know if my neck pain is serious?

Most neck pain doesn’t last very long and usually goes away without medical treatment. You can determine when it’s time to seek the help of a medical professional by watching for signs that your neck pain is becoming more severe. These symptoms include:

  • Prolonged muscle spasms
  • Stiffness or tightness in your neck muscles
  • Limited motion
  • Inability to move your head

If you have difficulty holding your neck in one position to do routine activities like driving or using the computer, you should be evaluated by a medical professional.

If you’re experiencing neck pain as a result of a fall or accident, seek medical attention immediately. Neck pain that’s accompanied by numbness, tingling, a headache, or weakness; that spreads down your legs and arms, or that goes on for several days without stopping also requires immediate medical treatment.

How is neck pain treated?

Physical therapy can address issues with your posture that may contribute to your discomfort. These may include:

  • Special stretching and massage techniques
  • Rehabilitation exercises that strengthen your neck
  • Cervical traction and manual therapy to relieve pressure on the nerves in your neck

Your Bay Area Wellness physician or medical provider  may also recommend pain medication and muscle relaxants to be used in conjunction with physical therapy.

Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about how the experienced chiropractors and medical providers at Bay Area Wellness Center can eliminate pain and restore your neck’s mobility.