Everyone experiences neck pain on occasion, but if your symptoms last for more than a few days or they affect your ability to work or exercise, it may point to an underlying medical issue. At Pain Care, LLC, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts offers safe and effective treatment for acute and chronic neck pain. To make an appointment at the Metro Atlanta office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, call the nearest office or click the online scheduling tool today.
Neck pain is any stiffness, tension, or general discomfort that affects your cervical spine –– the seven vertebrae, muscles, tendons, and ligaments -– between your shoulders and head.
Neck pain is a common problem that occurs for various reasons. Usually, it responds to at-home treatment like ice and over-the-counter pain medication. If your symptoms occur suddenly or last for more than a week, contact the team at Pain Care, LLC, right away.
At Pain Care, LLC, the team treats neck pain caused by various reasons, including:
You might also experience neck pain due to spinal stenosis, a degenerative condition that causes the space in your cervical spine to narrow, placing excess pressure on your nerves.
To diagnose neck pain, your Pain Care, LLC, provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started, their severity, and if any activities make them worse.
Let your provider know about any vitamins, supplements, or prescription medications you take regularly. You should also let them know if you’ve experienced any accidents or injuries recently, even if your symptoms seem unrelated.
Next, your provider does a physical exam, gently pressing on your neck to pinpoint areas of swelling, stiffness, or discomfort. If they suspect an underlying medical condition, they might also order additional tests, including blood work, X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.
If your provider suspects a nerve-related issue is to blame, they might recommend electromyography. Electromyography is a minimally invasive test that assesses the health of your muscles and nerves.
Treatment of neck pain depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. Whenever possible, the team at Pain Care, LLC, recommends conservative measures of care, like ice, rest, taking over-the-counter pain medication or muscle relaxants, and physical therapy.
More serious cases of neck pain might benefit from an epidural steroid injection, regenerative medicine, radiofrequency neurotomy, or spinal cord stimulation. The team offers patients access to the latest in neuromodulation from brands like Nevro®, Stimwave Technologies, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific.
If your neck pain doesn’t get better or your symptoms continue, the team might recommend a dekompressor discectomy. This minimally invasive procedure uses a small needle and a special probe divide to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc.
To learn more about the treatment of neck pain, make an appointment at Pain Care, LLC, by calling the nearest office today or clicking the online booking feature.