Neck Pain

Otoño Silva, MD -  - Physiatrist

Interventional Orthopedics of Washington

Otoño Silva, MD

Physiatrist specializing in Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine located in Bellevue, WA

According to the National Institutes of Health, about one in three women and men in the United States experiences neck pain at least once a year. If you have a stiff or painful neck, Otoño Silva, MD, founder of Interventional Orthopedics of Washington in Bellevue, Washington, helps you heal using integrative and regenerative medicine. If you want relief from neck pain or stiffness, call the friendly Interventional Orthopedics of Washington team today, or request a consultation with Dr. Silva using the handy online form.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why does my neck hurt?

Your neck (also known as your cervical spine) supports the entire weight of your head and is responsible for turning it from side to side, around, and up and down. Because your cervical spine is the thinnest portion of your spine, it’s susceptible to injury and trauma.

When your neck hurts, the pain could be coming from any of the many parts that make up your neck and cervical spine, including:

  • Vertebral discs
  • Vertebrae
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Nerves

Neck pain can also radiate from other areas of your body, such as tense or injured shoulder muscles. When you come to Interventional Orthopedics of Washington, Dr. Silva conducts a thorough physical exam, takes a complete medical history, and might perform other diagnostic tests to determine the source or sources of your neck pain.

What are the risk factors for neck pain?

Women are more likely to develop neck pain than are men. Other risk factors for acute (sudden) or chronic (ongoing) neck pain include:

  • Whiplash (back and forth movement during a car accident, blow to the head, or a collision)
  • Weak or tense shoulder or neck muscles
  • “Tech Neck” or other forms of slouching and poor posture
  • Herniated vertebral disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis (neural passageways degenerate and compress nerves)
  • Unstable Spine
  • Nerve injuries

A tumor or infection can also cause neck pain in rare cases.

How does an interventional orthopedist treat neck pain?

Each case of neck pain is unique. After determining the cause or causes of your neck pain or stiffness, Dr. Silva devises a custom-designed treatment plan. He might first recommend lifestyle changes and supportive therapies such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Improving posture
  • Anti-inflammatory supplements
  • Consulting other specialists
  • Doing physical therapy to strengthen muscles

If you don’t respond to lifestyle adjustments or your pain or disability are severe, he can also recommend groundbreaking regenerative treatments such as:

  • Prolotherapy: injections that irritate injured tissues to stimulate healing
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): injectable serum with a high concentration of platelets, which contain growth-factors that repair tissues
  • Stem cell therapy: your own stem cells injected into damaged tissue and bone to stimulate a healing response and regrowth

Dr. Silva uses ultrasound guidance when administering injectable therapies to ensure that the healing agents are delivered precisely to the area of injury.

Get relief from your neck pain today by calling or using the online form to contact Interventional Orthopedics of Washington.