Neck Pain Overview
Neck pain can occur from the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your head. Neck pain symptoms may be mild to severe and may limit your range of motion and cause you to seek neck pain management.
Neck Pain Causes
Age and Neck Pain
As you age, you are more likely to have increased wear and tear on vertebrae, discs, muscles and joints. This can often lead to neck pain and arthritis and the need to visit a clinic for neck pain management. Certain injuries can lead to neck pain as well as nerve compression in the area. The weaker or more degenerated the tissue or joints in the neck become, the more susceptible the neck is to injury.
Occupation and Neck Pain
If your job requires you to hold your head in the same position for prolonged periods (professional driver, computer work), you may increase your risk for neck pain. The good news is that simple stretching and strengthening exercises can help you reduce your risk for neck pain and the need to see a neck pain specialist.
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Neck Pain Testing
There are many diagnostic tests that can be performed by a clinic neck pain specialist to determine the cause of neck pain. These include facet joint injections, medial branch block and EMG testing. Imaging scans done by a neck pain management specialist may be used to identify neck pain or rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.
Neck Pain Management Treatment Options
There are a number of neck pain treatment options that help with neck pain management, which include:
- Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
- Facet Joint Injection or Selective Nerve Root Block
- Trigger Point Injection
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Massage Therapy
- Discography for Appropriate Surgical Evaluation
- Neurostimulation Therapy
- Wellness Services
- Physical Therapy
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