Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Bringing Wisdom of Ancient China to US for Pain Management
  Neck Pain Management

There's no such thing as a typical pain in the neck. Neck pain can be caused by injuries like
whiplash as well as everyday strains like hunching over a computer monitor. Neck pain can be a warning of a more serious problem. As we age, neck pain is inevitable and a natural phenomenon. Neck pain is generally diagnosed as acute or chronic. Acute neck pain is temporary and strikes immediately, usually because of a sudden muscle strain. Chronic neck pain is persistent and can linger indefinitely.

Neck Pain Treatments

With an early diagnosis, treatments can be started that not only provide pain relief and management, but help slow the progression of neck problems. The most frequently used neck treatments are surgery, medicine and alternative therapies.

Neck Pain Surgery

If medicine and physical therapy fail to bring relief, surgery is often thought as a last resort for neck pain management. However, there are limits to what surgery can accomplish. It can't undo damage from wear and aging. And it also carries risks. One of the most common types of neck pain surgeries is an anterior cervical discectomy. This operation carries with it the risk
A much less invasive type of neck pain operation is an epidural, which is a specific type of nerve block. This is performed by injecting medication into and around the epidural space on the spinal canal where nerves are located. While this procedure provides relief from small disc herniations and mild spinal stenosis, it's only temporary.
When this procedure involves corticosteroids, there's the danger of serious health risks and potentially life threatening side effects. This neck pain therapy should only be administered once or twice a year due to the risk of permanent cartilage damage.

Neck Pain Management and Relief Medications

Pharmaceutical treatments for neck pain range from over-the-counter medicines like aspirin to prescription drugs. Pain relievers like acetaminophen may be helpful to osteo neck pain sufferers since their condition involves little inflammation.
For people with rheumatoid neck pain, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which include ibuprofen, aspirin and newer drugs like are helpful. NSAIDs with COX-2 specific inhibitors that block an enzyme known to cause an inflammatory response are often prescribed by medical doctors for neck pain management and relief. However these drugs carry with them the risk of side effects like heart disease, digestive disorders, ulcers and liver damage.

Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain Management

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat effectively a wide variety of painful conditions.  If you suffer from neck pain, acupuncture can offer pain relief naturally with no adverse side effects. The sooner the treatment begins, the quicker the pain relieves. Wang, Xiaoyan is a National Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist (USA) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctor (China).  In China, she studied and practiced Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine since 1983. She specializes in pain management. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.

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