Pulling a neck muscle now and then is relatively common, but you might have chronic or more frequent neck pain due to other causes. Neck injuries from sports injuries, car accidents, and other personal injuries can cause you to experience ongoing pain.
Other causes of neck pain include wear and tear in your cervical or upper spinal discs, such as from osteoarthritis. Board-certified physicians at Axis Spine and Pain thoroughly evaluate your upper spine to determine the cause.
Neck pain that occurs often might cause mild to severe pain, especially when you try to move your head around. You might also have neck pain when you try to lift your shoulder. Neck pain can come and go frequently, or it can stick around for extended periods.
Board-certified physicians at Axis Spine and Pain diagnose neck pain by doing a physical exam to check your range of motion. You might also need to have imaging tests done, such as X-rays, for your doctor to make a more accurate diagnosis and determine the extent of your condition.
Conventional neck pain treatments typically include over-the-counter pain medications and physical therapy.
If you need more than this for effective relief, Axis Spine and Pain offers other forms of treatment, including epidural injections and facet injections. These nonsurgical treatments might offer more long-lasting relief from neck pain compared to over-the-counter medications.
Epidural injections involve the use of corticosteroids and local anesthetics to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. That helps ease stiffness, pain, and other symptoms of neck pain.
The physicians at Axis Spine and Pain might recommend up to three or four injections in the same area each year if you keep having pain.
Facet injections involve injecting corticosteroids, local anesthetics or both into the affected facet joints in your upper spine. These injections ease inflammation and block pain signals from nerves, leading to pain relief. You might need up to three of these a year for effective pain relief.
If you need treatment for neck pain, please contact Axis Spine and Pain to make an appointment.