Neck Pain Specialist

Empower Medical Center

Medical Center located in Lee’s Summit, MO

Neck pain is common, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal. Chiropractor Chris Long, DC, physician Ashley Ascencio, DO, and the team at Empower Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, offer a wide range of neck pain treatments, including medical and chiropractic care. To find relief from neck pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Your neck includes the bones of your cervical spine as well as ligaments and muscles that support your head and provide a broad range of motion. Damage or irritation to any one of these structures can lead to neck pain.

Many people experience pain or stiffness in their neck at some point in time. However, neck pain that persists for more than a few days or is accompanied by symptoms like numbness, weakness, or headaches may be a sign of an underlying problem.

What causes neck pain?

Most of the time, neck pain isn’t serious. You may experience short-term neck pain after sleeping in an unusual position or holding your neck in the same position for too long, like during an extended drive.

Sometimes, neck pain is due to an injury or other problem, including:

  • Muscle strains
  • Joint degeneration
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Car accident injuries like whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles are some of the most common causes of neck pain. These conditions cause your neck to bend forward to compensate for imbalances in your spine.

How is neck pain treated?

Neck pain can be one of the easiest problems to treat with conservative medicine. Dr. Long, Dr. Ascencio, and the team at Empower Medical Center offer integrative care for neck pain.

Before discussing treatments, one of the doctors at Empower Medical Center carefully evaluates your neck and evaluates your symptoms and medical history. They may also take an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to check your spinal alignment.

Then, they develop a customized treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of your neck pain instead of masking the pain and symptoms. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Spinal decompression
  • DRS Protocol

They also discuss your lifestyle and may recommend steps you can take at home to prevent neck pain, like sleeping in a good position, avoiding carrying heavy bags on your shoulder, and practicing proper posture.

If you suffer from neck pain, call Empower Medical Center or book an appointment online to find gentle and effective relief today.