Neck pain is a common condition, yet far too many men and women delay seeking treatment for it. There’s no need to live with neck pain when so many effective pain management and treatment options are available. At Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports, Scott Spann, MD, offers individualized care for neck pain and can help you find lasting relief. Call the Austin, Texas, office today or schedule an appointment online.
There are numerous causes of neck pain, some of which are due to traumatic injury, and others that arise from strain or nerve compression. The most common types of neck pain include:
This type of pain results from irritation of the nerves in your cervical spine. You have eight cervical nerve roots in your neck. When these nerves are compressed or inflamed, pain usually occurs.
Your neck has six cervical discs that rest between your vertebrae to provide shock absorption and cushioning. They are made of a soft, gel-like interior surrounded by a shell of tough collagen fibers. When the inner core of a disc leaks and pressures nearby nerves, herniation occurs.
Each joint in your neck has two small facet joints behind the cervical disc. Facet joints are nearly always in motion, and they’re subject to damage or wear and tear. Inflammation in this area can be very painful and is known as facet joint syndrome.
Medications can assist with neck pain, but bring a risk of severe side effects. Surgery is also an effective option for some conditions, but many types of neck pain are treatable with minimally invasive options.
Interventional injections are a great treatment approach for neck pain. Some injections introduce anti-inflammatory medications or steroids to ease pain, while others work by impeding the transmission of pain signals from your cervical nerves to your brain.
Some interventional injections provide lasting pain relief, while others are used for short-term pain management while additional treatment efforts are underway. Dr. Spann will help you navigate what interventional options are right for you.
Dr. Spann might suggest physical therapy, as it is proven to be an excellent option for treating neck pain. Not only are physical therapy techniques noninvasive, but they also teach self-care techniques that you can apply at home once your sessions are complete.
During physical therapy, you learn special stretches and exercises that work to tone and strengthen the muscles that support proper neck function. Aerobic conditioning may also play a role in your therapy, improving blood flow to your neck and speeding your natural healing function.
Learning and practicing these techniques under professional guidance ensures that you gain the skill needed to continue your physical therapy efforts at home. That makes all the difference in your ability to strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility.
If you’re ready to begin a treatment path for your neck pain, contact Dr. Spann at Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports today to schedule an initial consultation.