Neck pain is a common condition caused from poor posture putting excess strain and pressure in neck muscles. If neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in the arms or it can be a symptom of an underlying disorder. Neck pain may be mild or severe starting from the top of the shoulders to the bottom of the head and may limit the range of motion.
Causes of Neck Pain
With an increase in age, all bones and joints are worn and torn including the neck bone and joint causing neck pain. Excess strain or poor posture while sleeping can put strain in the neck muscles causing pain and discomfort. Other cause for neck pain can be arthritis or injuries leading to bone and joint pain in the neck.
Diagnosing neck pain
The neck pain specialists conduct various diagnostic and imaging tests to determine the cause of neck pain and to tailor a treatment plan on the cause of neck pain.
Neck Pain Treatment Options
There are a number of neck pain management treatment options that help reduce neck pain, which include:
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection: Cervical epidural steroid injection procedures involve injections into the surrounding area near the pinched nerve pain to decrease the swelling and inflammation.
Facet Joint Injection: During facet joint pain procedure, medication is injected into the facet joint space for prolonged relief. The duration of pain relief depending on the medications used during the facet joint injection procedure.
Trigger Point Injection: A trigger point injection procedure is performed to relieve tenderness felt under the skin and to relax the muscles. A small amount of local anesthetic is injected into a trigger point to ease the pain.
Massage Therapy: Mild massage therapy reduce the pressure and release the pinched nerve stress on the area and ease the pain and stiffness.
Discography: A discogram procedure involves using a contrast dye to determine the source of pain. The dye is injected into the center of the compressed disc to demonstrate the presence of tears in the disc.
Neurostimulation Therapy: Neurostimulation therapy also known as spinal cord stimulation involves delivery safe amount of low voltage electricity to the peripheral pinched nerves to inhibit pain signals reaching the brain and replaces them with a soothing, tingling sensation.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy involves massage to improve and stimulate the blood circulation and rejuvenates the area reducing pain and inflammation.
Medication Management: Medication management with combination of other pain management methods including mild exercise, relaxation and weight loss produce effective results and reduce the pain and discomfort caused by any disorder.
At Kovilpatti Venkateswara Hospital, our pain management doctors and treatment specialists follow an interdisciplinary approach to treat and manage any neck pain issues. To know more about neck pain management methods and treatment services, book an appointment now.
Authored By Dr.S.Dhamodaran - MBBS Orthopaedic surgeon, Kovilpatti