Neck Pain Specialist

Dr. Milton Chávez

Family Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

Neck pain affects up to 20% of women and men around the world each year, and using SmartPhones, tablets, and other devices only make the problem worse. If you’re suffering from chronic or acute neck pain, the skilled medical professionals at the Wicker Park, Chicago, office of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC can help. From supportive therapies that relax your muscles to physical therapy to medications, you get the treatment you need to be able to move your neck freely and comfortably again. To get relief from neck pain, contact the friendly staff by phone or online to make an appointment with Dr. Chávez or nurse practitioner Vanessa Flores.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why do I have neck pain?

These days, with all the time we spend stooped over SmartPhones and other devices, almost everyone has or is in danger of developing neck pain. Your head only weighs 10-12 pounds if you’re an adult, but when you bend your neck forward or down by 45 degrees, the angle and force of gravity put about 60 pounds of weight on your thin, delicate cervical spine (aka your neck).

However, “tech neck” isn’t the only source of neck pain. If you’re having trouble turning or tilting your head, you could also have:

  • Arthritis in your neck
  • Herniated vertebral disc
  • Tense shoulder or neck muscles
  • Weak core, shoulder, or neck muscles
  • Bone spurs on your cervical vertebrae
  • Whiplash from a car wreck or other accident
  • Trauma to your head or neck

When you come to see Dr. Chávez or nurse practitioner Flores, they conduct a comprehensive physical examination to discover the source of your neck pain. They may also order or perform imaging studies of your neck.

What are the risk factors for neck pain?

In addition to device use, many other lifestyle and health factors increase your risk for neck pain. You’re more likely to develop acute (sudden) or chronic (ongoing) neck pain if you:

  • Are female
  • Are over 50
  • Are in poor health
  • Are under chronic stress
  • Have history of back or neck pain
  • Do heavy lifting or manual labor
  • Have poor posture
  • Gave birth to more than three children

The team at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC relieves your current neck pain, and they also help you make adjustments that prevent neck pain from worsening or recurring.

How is neck pain treated?

The Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC providers are dedicated to holistic, preventive, and procedural medicine. Based on the reasons for your neck pain, treatment could include:

  • Regenerative medicine to repair soft-tissue damage
  • Regenerative medicine to improve arthritis
  • Joint injections to alleviate pain and inflammation
  • Kinesio® taping to increase lymphatic drainage
  • Physical therapy to strengthen muscles and correct posture
  • At-home exercises to build strength and resilience
  • Massage therapies to increase circulation
  • Medications to control pain and inflammation

Dr. Chávez also offers medical marijuana treatments to alleviate pain and promote relaxation.

To get relief from neck pain and prevent further injury, contact the Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC office by phone or online form.