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Neck Pain

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What Is Neck Pain?

As many as 20% of adults suffer from neck pain that interferes with their day-to-day lives. Our medical team has the knowledge and experience to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Find relief from neck pain through interventional pain management.

What Causes Neck Pain?

Your neck, also known as the cervical spine, consists of seven vertebrae. Their main functions are to support the head and allow for a full range of motion. As we age, the neck is particularly susceptible to injuries and degenerative diseases due to years of repetitive movements and the stress of carrying the weight of the head.

Soft tissue damage can sometimes be the cause of neck pain, the following conditions impact the nerves resulting in significant pain:

  • Cervical stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Whiplash
Are There Symptoms Other Than Pain?

If your neck pain is due to a compressed nerve, you may experience a variety of symptoms in addition to pain. These symptoms often include tingling and numbness radiating throughout your arms and shoulders and can vary in severity.

Depending on the cause of your pain, you may also experience difficulty moving your head as well as an increase in headaches. Some conditions, such as whiplash, may also result in dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and memory loss.

How Is It Treated?

Conventional neck pain treatments include anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants used in combination with physical therapy. The goal is to improve your range of motion and strengthen the surrounding muscles. 

If your neck pain doesn’t respond well to conventional treatments, our team looks to interventional pain management options such as cervical epidural steroid injections and cervical facet blocks. These treatments target the affected nerves, addressing your pain at the source.

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

Your provider administers an inflammation-reducing steroid directly into the epidural space in your neck. While long-lasting, the steroid can often take longer to relieve pain, so your doctor may also inject a local anesthetic with the steroid to provide immediate, though temporary, relief.

Cervical Facet Block

The vertebrae in your spine are connected to other joints in your body through facet joints. The cartilage in these facet joints can break down over years of use, resulting in arthritis and bone spurs, both of which can compress nearby nerves. A facet block works by injecting steroids and a local anesthetic into the damaged facet joint.