Neck Pain Causes and Treatments
If you have landed on this page we can only assume that you are looking for how to relieve your neck pain. Chronic neck pain can have a number of different causes. We want to help you get a better understanding of what may be the root of your pain. We, at Vascular & Interventional Specialists of Prescott (VISP), want to reassure you that there are answers and treatments for the pain you are feeling in your neck.
Let’s explore the causes of neck pain
There are quite a few conditions that can cause pain, discomfort, and stiffness in the neck.
1. Degeneration of the Vertebrae
You may know all too well that, with age, your body starts to change. You may not be as agile or flexible as you used to be, and you may be feeling a few more aches than you did in your youth. Shoulder and neck pain is often the result of a decline in the bone structure of the cervical spine in older adults. The degeneration causes the vertebrae to decrease in thickness, reducing the cushion of cartilage to protect the bone structure. This could also lead to osteoarthritis, which is the inflammation of the facet joints.
At VISP, the diagnosis is confirmed by X-ray imaging. This will determine the specific treatment method. If your X-ray shows that a nerve is being compressed by the degeneration of the vertebrae, we may recommend a nerve block procedure to decrease, temporarily stop, or resolve the pain.
This inflammatory condition is also known as arthritis in the facet joints of your spinal cord. Osteoarthritis often causes pain in the shoulders and neck. It also causes you to experience a stiff neck. The most common treatment for neck pain is to start with NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs e.g. Advil, Tylenol) to help decrease the inflammation. Movement and heat throughout the day can also help.
If your condition worsens or the pain is too severe, your doctor may prescribe a medication that has proven to help. If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and the previous pain-relieving methods have not been successful, our specialists at VISP provide effective, minimally-invasive procedures to offer more pain relief. Facet Joint Injections provide pain relief directly to the site that is causing the discomfort by injecting an anti-inflammatory medication to help soothe and numb the irritation.
3. Pinched Nerves in the Cervical Spine
Pinched nerves can be caused by degenerating discs that lead to spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal cord. This narrowing often creates pressure on the nerves which can cause symptoms such as arm, neck and shoulder pain, numbness, and weakness.
If you are a patient with osteoarthritis, the inflammation may make you more susceptible to bone spurs which can also add pressure to the nerves. The doctors of VISP are trained and specialize in the nerve block procedure to help alleviate the pain in the neck, shoulder, and arms that you are feeling. This procedure will help to identify the exact source of the pain and will allow for a more effective treatment plan.
One of our successful methods of pain treatment is a steroid injection. This will help reduce inflammation and aid in the healing of the damaged nerve.
4. Tired and Weak Neck Muscles
Do you sit at a desk all day looking down at a screen? Are you in the habit of talking on the phone holding it in between your head and your shoulder while carrying a load of laundry or a two-year-old? Or are you a laborer who is constantly looking up at pipes, vents, the undercarriage of a car?
Whatever your profession or daily responsibilities have you doing, it may be contributing to your neck pain. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your neck are responsible for holding up your head. If your neck is constantly in a poor posture, cocked to one side, up or down then your muscles are going to get tired and strained. Before you seek medical advice, re-evaluate your posture. Being more cognizant of how you hold your head may help relieve the discomfort naturally.
If you just can’t get rid of the discomfort we encourage you to call our office to schedule a more thorough assessment of what the cause could be.
We Are Your Experts to Help Relieve Neck Pain
Your well-being, health, and care are of extreme importance to us at VISP. We invite you to our medical facility to get evaluated for the discomfort you are feeling. Our goal is to provide pain relief without surgery and to increase your quality of life!
At VISP, we want to improve your quality of life by finding the source of your pain and providing the relief you’ve been waiting for. Give us a call today.