Neck and back pain are common problems for many people, especially those with desk jobs, or those working in retail or industries intensive in heavy labor. While pain can come from repeated strain, it may also be the result of injury.

People who struggle with chronic back and neck pain are often wary of the potential harmful effects of prescription painkillers, so many seek to control pain with supplements instead. The effectiveness of supplements depends largely on the severity of the pain, however if pain is mild or intermittent, the following may offer some relief:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that aids in tissue repair aid. The body needs Vitamin C to produce collagen, which makes up the main structure of tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Neck and back pain can be due to excessive wear in these connective tissues, leading to tendonitis and a lack of cushioning between the vertebrae. Furthermore, vitamin C’s antioxidant properties suppress inflammation, which causes stiff and sore muscles and joints. By supplementing with vitamin C, you can help your body repair the damaged tissues and possibly reduce pain.


Manganese may be among the most useful supplements for relieving back and neck pain due to injury. This natural mineral is heavily involved in the healing process, helping muscles and connective tissues to repair themselves. When taken before bedtime, it works synergistically with the growth hormones released during sleep, making it more effective.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a tasty addition to many dishes, but did you know it could also help manage pain? Capsaicin, the chemical that makes the pepper hot, depletes a substance in your body called “substance P” that transmits pain signals from your nerves to your brain. Next time your back or neck pain flares up, try taking a quarter teaspoon of cayenne in hot water to see if it helps. If it’s too hot for you, cayenne is also available in capsules.

If your pain is minor or occasional, you may receive great benefits from using natural supplements. However, some cases of back and neck pain are so severe that supplements simply won’t help. In these cases, back or neck surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

Pain doesn’t have to be a part of your everyday life. To learn about available treatment options, reach out to The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration today. We have an advanced diagnostic team that can help you properly identify the cause of your pain as well as the best options for treatment. Taking a conservative approach to spinal care, we will always evaluate all non-surgical options before recommending options such as minimally invasive spine surgery. Call (310) 828-7757 for more information or to request a consultation with one of our board-certified or board-eligible surgeons.