Injuries like whiplash and neck strain frequently cause neck pain. If you spend time using computers or hand-held electronics, you can develop what’s called tech neck. This is a type of neck strain that happens when you hold your neck in a bent position while using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Over the years, however, neck pain more often develops as degenerative changes develop in the structures of your neck, causing problems like:
- A herniated disc: When the gellike center of the disc bulges through a weakened area of the outer covering
- Spinal stenosis: Conditions like a herniated disc cause narrowing of the spinal canal
- Cervical facet joint arthritis: Osteoarthritis in the joints that connect the vertebrae
- Degenerative disc disease: Spinal discs that dry out and collapse
These conditions pinch the nearby nerves in your neck, which leads to chronic neck pain.
When you have neck pain, the neck’s range of motion becomes limited. Depending on the cause of your pain, you can also develop a headache or dizziness.
When your pain originates from a pinched nerve, you can develop symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness. These symptoms can travel through your shoulders, down your arms, and into your hands.
The doctors at Spinal Diagnostics specialize in providing effective treatment of neck pain, customizing your care to meet the underlying cause of your neck pain.
A few examples of interventional pain treatments include:
Cervical spine injections
Your doctor at Spinal Diagnostics can recommend one of many possible injections, such as a selective nerve root block, facet joint injections, and epidural steroid injections. These injections contain steroids to reduce inflammation and a local anesthetic to block pain signals. The injections are precisely placed at or near the specific nerves transmitting pain signals.
Radiofrequency (RF) neuroablation also blocks nerve signals. It stops nerve transmission by using RF energy to wound the nerve. Radiofrequency neuroablation can provide pain relief lasting from nine months to longer than two years.
Spinal cord stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation uses mild electrical impulses to block nerve signals. The device generating the electricity and the wire delivering it to spinal nerves are both implanted in your body to provide long-term relief.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for the interventional therapies, schedule an appointment online or call Spinal Diagnostics.