Effective Ways to Find Neck Pain Relief

A pain in the neck - a quiet literal condition. Neck pain is one of the most common complaints and aches that doctors hear. Fortunately, neck pain is rarely the sign of a more complicated condition. 

Your neck supports the weight of your head and is flexible, making it prone to injuries and conditions that limit movement. 

Causes of Neck Pain

 

 

Those are just a few of the main causes of neck pain. Any damage to the nerves in your neck, such as a nerve compression, can cause pain and reduce motion in your neck. 

How to Diagnose Neck Pain

Your doctor will do an examination to determine the severity of your neck pain and to determine your ability to move your neck. Your doctor may also beck for any numbness, tenderness, or areas where your muscles may be more tense than usual. 

Depending on the general prognosis after the initial evaluation, your doctor may refer you to get tests done that are better suited to determine the source of the pain. For example, you may be sent to get imaging done, such as an X-Ray, MRI, or CT scan. Theses tests are able to show the doctor where there may be a pinched nerve, or internal damage to the structure of your neck.  

Other diagnostic tests include:

Treating Neck Pain

Treatment for neck pain determines on the location and severity of the pain and root cause. It can be debilitating and painful, however, surgery (also known as interventional procedures) is not the recommended course of action.

Conservative (Non-Surgical) Treatments

Conservative treatments may relieve pain for six to eight weeks. 

 

 

Surgical Treatments

If conservative treatments prove to be ineffective, there are surgical treatments available. Steroid injections, like corticosteroid medications, are injected into the facet joints of the cervical spine in your neck to ease and reduce pain. Numbing agents are also used to reduce pain. Interventional procedures are rarely necessary for neck pain, although it can be used to relieve nerve root or compression pain. 

 

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Gateway Anesthesia

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