We understand that living with chronic or acute neck pain is difficult and can greatly impact your quality of life. Our hope is to treat the source of your neck pain and get you relief so you can return to doing the things you love.
Our first step is to understand your particular pain to get you on the path for an individualized treatment plan. Many times, neck pain can be addressed using minimally invasive interventional pain management treatments.
Common causes of neck pain
Neck pain is one of the most common conditions patients experience, and it’s no surprise. Busy lifestyles, poor posture and conditions related to the natural aging process all cause stress on the cervical spine.
Here at the Pain Center at Kansas Spine, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment for pain related to the neck/cervical spine. Common causes of pain include:
- Facet Syndrome
- Herniated Discs
- Muscle Spasms
- Pinched Nerves / Nerve Compression
- Poor Posture
- Trauma or Injury
Common symptoms experienced with neck pain
Symptoms associated with neck pain can present themselves in many forms and in other areas of the body, depending on the specific cause or source of the pain. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- General neck pain and soreness
- Radiating pain from the neck to the shoulders and arms
- Reduced range of motion
- Tingling or weakness in the neck or upper extremities
Emotional symptoms can also factor into neck pain, such as fatigue, irritability and a decreased desire to be active or socialize.
Treatments for neck pain
Treatment for neck pain begins with an understanding of your particular pain so we can conduct a proper diagnosis. Screening methods and testing may be a necessary part of this diagnosis, which can include a physical examination, X-rays, CT scan or MRI.
Our pain management specialists will be there every step of the way to explain your diagnosis and walk you through your options. Our goal is to treat the pain with conservative methods first, which may include lifestyle and dietary changes, massage, physical therapy and/or medication.
If conservative methods have been exhausted and your pain persists, our next step is to utilize non-surgical, interventional pain management techniques. We utilize a wide range of treatment approaches for neck pain, dependent on each patient’s individual condition and needs. All these treatments are administered in our clinic at the Pain Center:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Facet Joint Injections
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Nerve Blocks
- Nerve Ablation
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Trigger Point Injections
Epidural steroid injections are particularly effective at treating pinched, or compressed, nerves. For this type of pain, a steroid injection placed around the nerve can decrease inflammation and relieve pressure on the cervical spine.
Muscle spasms and muscle tension are a frequent cause of neck pain. Sometimes a tight band of muscle forms when a muscle is tense for an extended period. For many patients, a joint injection guided by ultrasound and delivered directly to the muscle can improve their neck pain.
We are here to help
If neck pain is preventing you from taking care of family, spending time with friends or even working, it’s time to find solutions. Our team of highly trained pain management doctors and nurses is dedicated to targeting the source of your neck pain and getting you back to the activities you enjoy.
For more information on what to expect at your initial consultation, please visit our FAQ page.
If neck pain has impacted your life, ask your doctor about the Pain Center at Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital, or call 316-462-5072.