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Morphine, Codeine and Oxycodone are well-known pain medications prescribed for patients suffering with debilitating pain. They are opioids, narcotics which are highly addictive and dangerous ones. Thus, many people who are aware with the side-effects of conventional medical approach want to treat their back and neck spasms with various new channels like massage, acupuncture, psychotherapy, physical therapies and many more.

Using non-drug therapies can be an empowering experience. Most of these therapies do not carry the risk of side-effects as do most drugs. And many therapies differ on the basis of acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is pain from an injury or other damage that last less than 30 days while chronic pain is pain that lasts more than 3 months and extends beyond the expected time of healing. Most debilitating pain that people deal with is back and neck pain. According to the experts at Gilbert Physical Medicine, following are few causes of neck pain.

Muscle Strains

Too many hours hunching over a steering wheel or sitting in front of the computer, often trigger muscle strains. Even minor things like reading in bed or gritting your teeth can strain neck muscles badly.

Arthritic Joints

Like other joints in the body, neck joints also undergo wear and tear with age. It may cause osteoarthritis in the neck leading to immense pain and sometimes headaches.

Nerve compression

Bone spurs or herniated disks in the vertebrae of neck can encroach on nerves that are branching out from the spinal cord, can also result in pain.

Whiplash Injuries

Auto collisions often result in whiplash injuries that occur specifically when head is jerked backward and then forward. This action stretches the soft tissues of your neck beyond limits and outcome is severe neck pain.

Diseases

Sometimes neck pain can be due to diseases such as meningitis or rheumatoid arthritis.

There are several ways to treat chronic neck pain but best relief can be obtained with regular and specialized exercises which stretch and strengthen the muscles in the neck.

At Gilbert Physical Medicine, we are experts at treating chronic pain and acute pain with state-of-art facilities and a family nurse practitioner program to achieve good spinal alignment and positive mental state with quality lifestyle and healthy diet.