Neck Pain Management
Neck pain can occur anywhere along your cervical spine, which runs from the bottom of your skull to your upper back. In some cases, pain from your neck can spread into your upper back and arms, and it may limit the range of motion in both your head and neck. Neck pain is a common condition, especially in patients who are over the age of 50.
Neck pain can be caused by a number of issues, from accident to illness. Getting an accurate diagnosis of the cause behind the pain is key to good neck pain management. When you come to Spine Institute of North America, our team of experts will take the time to assess your condition so that we can determine the root cause as well as work out a pain management treatment plan. With three convenient New Jersey locations in East Windsor, Marlton and East Brunswick, you’re sure to get the help you need to start living a life without neck pain.
What Is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is any discomfort or painful sensations that you experience in your neck region. This area is made up of bones, ligaments and muscles that both support your head and allow you to have a full range of motion. Injury, inflammation or abnormalities can cause stiffness or pain in the neck and limit its movement.
Neck pain is an extremely common occurrence. Most people, at some time or another, will experience pain in the neck region, usually due to poor posture or overuse. Most neck pain is not severe and ordinarily resolves in a matter of days. Even neck pain caused by a mild injury generally dissipates on its own. However, neck pain that is severe and lasts for more than a few weeks is considered chronic neck pain, and there could be an underlying condition or complication that requires medical intervention.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Many issues can be the cause of your neck pain. The most common is muscle tension or strain. These problems occur as we live our lives normally, unaware that certain activities are creating pain in our neck. Most of the time, it’s because of poor posture, but it can also be caused by working sedentarily at a desk, sleeping on your neck wrong or accidentally jerking your neck quickly. This type of neck pain usually resolves on its own, but if it becomes chronic, you may want to seek medical attention.
There are also more serious causes of neck pain. If your chronic neck pain does not subside, it could be because it’s the result of:
- An accident or fall
- A sports injury
- A fracture
- A bulging disc
- Another serious medical condition
Diagnosis and Treatment Options Available for Neck Pain
At Spine Institute of North America, our team of specialists will carefully assess your condition to determine what the cause of your neck pain is. After we learn what the source of the pain is, we’ll work with you to provide conservative treatment options first and foremost. We believe it’s important to exhaust non-operative solutions before turning to surgical options. This strategy could include a combination of different therapies, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Other therapeutic techniques
However, if these methods fail to alleviate your pain, you’ll find that we excel at providing our patients with therapeutic injections to target pain. We also practice least invasive surgical procedures. Three pain management procedures we utilize in the specific treatment of neck pain include:
- Cervical epidural steroid injection
- Trigger point injection
- Cervical facet radiofrequency ablation
- Endoscopic rhizotomy
Don’t settle for a life with neck pain. Turn to New Jersey’s Spine Institute of North America and our team members, who specialize in the treatment of painful symptoms. To make an appointment, click the button below.