Neck pain is a common source of discomfort for people of all ages. At Healthcare Pain Centers LLC in Old Bridge, Edison, and Freehold, New Jersey, Francisco del Valle, MD, and the experienced pain management specialists use advanced diagnostic tools and treatments to deliver lasting relief from neck pain. To learn more about neck pain, call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today.
Neck pain can be acute or chronic and interfere with your sleep quality, flexibility, and overall mobility. Common causes of neck pain include:
A muscle strain or ligament sprain can lead to chronic pain and poor range of motion in your neck. Poor posture, overuse, and sleeping in an awkward position are among the most common causes of tissue damage in the neck.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that develops when the protective cartilage around the joints starts to deteriorate. Cervical osteoarthritis affects the joints in the neck. This progressive condition frequently leads to pain and stiffness.
A herniated disc, or bulging disc, affects the shock absorbers in your spine. In between spinal vertebrae sits a disc that provides cushioning and flexibility. When the hard outer casing starts to crack, the soft center inside can push through and irritate surrounding nerves.
The discs in your cervical spine (neck) can degrade over time. Not only can this lead to chronic pain and stiffness, but compression fractures (bone breaks) can also occur.
In addition to a thorough physical exam and medical history review, your pain specialist at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC may order additional testing. Blood work and imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, are common tools to diagnose neck pain.
Your doctor may also recommend electromyography (EMG) testing to detect neuromuscular abnormalities. This test is beneficial for diagnosing nerve compression from a herniated disc in the cervical spine.
The pain specialists at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC offer a comprehensive approach for neck pain that may include one or more of the following treatments:
Your provider at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC can create an individualized treatment plan for you to help relieve chronic pain and restore range of motion in your neck.
To learn more about neck pain and the treatment options available, call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today.