Neck discomfort can significantly impact your daily life, restricting movement and diminishing your quality of life. At Greater Austin Pain Center, we understand the complexities of neck-related conditions and are dedicated to providing personalized, effective treatment options to address your specific needs. Whether your neck pain is a result of poor posture, an accident, degenerative disease, or another condition, our neck doctors in Austin, TX, are here to help you find relief and regain your mobility.

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Common Conditions That Affect The Neck

Arthritis in the Neck Joints

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Arthritis, including spondylosis, facet arthrosis, and uncovertebral hypertrophy, often leads to neck pain. This degeneration within the neck's joints can cause pain that extends to the upper mid-back, shoulder blades, and shoulders. Such conditions might also trigger headaches and restrict neck mobility, impacting essential daily tasks.

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Degenerative Disc Disease and Disc Herniations

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Degenerative disc disease and herniations are prevalent sources of neck pain, manifesting as direct discomfort or pain that radiates to the head, shoulders, and shoulder blades. These conditions can also involve a nerve component, presenting as numbness or tingling in the neck or arms, known as cervical radiculopathy. Inflammation in the vertebral bodies associated with disc degeneration further contributes to this discomfort.

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Stenosis refers to the narrowing around the nerves or spinal cord, causing tightness that can lead to significant pain and discomfort. This condition can affect the neck's function and overall mobility, potentially leading to more severe complications if left untreated.

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Muscle Pain and Strain

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Muscle pain in the neck has become increasingly common, particularly with the widespread use of electronic devices. This can lead to the straightening of the neck and the loss of its natural curve, accelerating the progression of degenerative changes and contributing to discomfort.

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Post-Accident Injuries

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Injuries sustained in accidents, such as whiplash or ligament damage, can also result in neck pain. These injuries often require specialized treatment to address the immediate discomfort and any long-term effects on neck health and functionality.

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Neck & Back Pain

Patients can seek treatment options from pain doctors for neck pain, back pain, tension headaches, migraines and other types of pain. Procedures and treatments can be either invasive or non-invasive, customized to each patient’s history and treatment plan.


Relieve joint pain, stiffness, or immobility from arthritis. Greater Austin Pain Center’s pain doctors work to relieve over one hundred diseases that affect the muscle and skeletal system.

Nerve Pain

We help manage nerve damage and pain symptoms as a result of diabetes, trauma, infection, alcoholism, chemotherapy, and other nerve damaging diagnoses. Treatment may depend on severity and underlying cause.

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The Impact of Neck Pain on Daily Life

At Greater Austin Pain Center, we understand that neck pain isn't just about discomfort; it's about how it restricts your daily activities and overall quality of life. The cervical spine's role in our body's mobility and functionality cannot be overstated—it enables us to perform essential tasks like dressing, driving, eating, and sleeping with ease and comfort.

When pain invades the neck, it doesn't just stay there. It can significantly reduce neck mobility, making it challenging to carry out everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. This diminished range of motion can lead to a cascade of issues, forcing other parts of the body, such as the spine and shoulders, to overcompensate. Such compensation can exacerbate existing conditions or even create new sources of pain.

Understanding the interconnectedness of our musculoskeletal system highlights the importance of addressing neck pain promptly and effectively. It's not just about relieving pain but restoring function and preventing further complications. The team at Greater Austin Pain Center is dedicated to diagnosing and treating the root causes of your neck pain, ensuring that you can return to your daily activities with minimal discomfort and maximum mobility.

Causes of Neck Conditions 

Understanding the root causes of neck conditions is crucial for effective treatment and prevention. 


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Over time, the joints in the neck can wear down, leading to arthritis. This degeneration is a natural part of aging and can cause stiffness, pain, and reduced mobility in the neck.

Injury or Trauma

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Accidents, such as motor vehicle collisions or falls, can cause immediate and severe impacts on the neck. These incidents can lead to whiplash, fractures, and other significant injuries that contribute to neck pain.


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Repetitive movements or prolonged activities can strain the neck muscles and ligaments. Overuse is common in certain occupations or sports, leading to discomfort and pain over time.

Poor Posture

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Slouching or maintaining an improper posture, especially with the increased use of computers and smartphones, can strain neck muscles and ligaments, leading to pain and discomfort.

Compensation from Other Regions of the Body

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Sometimes, issues in other parts of the body, such as the lower back or shoulders, can cause the neck to overcompensate, leading to strain and discomfort in the cervical spine.

When to Consult a Doctor for Neck Pain

Recognizing the signs that indicate it's time to seek medical attention for neck pain can prevent further complications and enhance your quality of life. 

Constant Pain That Disrupts Daily Activities

If you're experiencing ongoing neck pain that interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks, it's a clear sign that professional evaluation is needed.

Arm or Hand Weakness

Experiencing difficulty holding objects or an increased tendency to drop items could indicate nerve compression in the neck and should be evaluated.

Weakness in the Legs

Weakness in the lower extremities can be a sign of a more serious condition related to spinal health and should be assessed promptly.

Numbness, Tingling, or Electrical Sensations

Feeling these sensations in your head, neck, arms, or hands suggests nerve involvement and warrants a doctor's assessment.


Trouble with coordination, such as clumsiness in the arms or hands, is a symptom that requires medical attention to determine its cause.

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Treatments for Neck Pain

Effective treatment for neck pain depends on the underlying cause and the specific symptoms of each patient. 

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

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Cervical epidural steroid injection involves injecting steroids into the epidural space around the spinal cord in the neck region. It aims to reduce inflammation and pain, particularly when pain is caused by nerve root irritation.

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Cervical Medial Branch Nerve Blocks

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This treatment targets the medial branch nerves, which carry pain signals from the facet joints of the spine. By injecting a local anesthetic, cervical medial branch nerve blocks can determine if the facet joint is the source of pain and provide temporary relief.

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Cervical Medial Branch Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation

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The cervical medial branch nerve radiofrequency ablation procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat and disable the medial branch nerves, disrupting pain signals from the affected facet joints. It offers a longer-term solution for pain relief.

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Cervical Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting a device that sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the pain signals being sent to the brain, effectively reducing pain.

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Cervical Medial Branch Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

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Similar to spinal cord stimulation, cervical medial branch peripheral nerve stimulation technique targets the peripheral nerves specifically related to the cervical medial branches. It modulates pain signals before they reach the spinal cord.

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Trigger Point Injection

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Trigger point injection involves injecting a local anesthetic, sometimes combined with a corticosteroid, into the trigger points—tight knots in muscles that are painful when pressed. It helps alleviate muscle pain and spasms.

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Understanding Your Risk for Neck Pain

Neck pain ranks as the fourth leading cause of disability globally, with a lifetime prevalence reaching up to 70%. Certain factors increase the likelihood of experiencing neck pain:

  • Lifestyle Factors: Tobacco use and a sedentary lifestyle, both in personal and work environments, significantly contribute to the risk.
  • Genetics: Some genetic predispositions can make individuals more susceptible to neck pain.
  • Physical Activity: A history of engaging in high-impact sports can increase the likelihood of neck pain.
  • Sleep Disorders: Issues with sleeping can lead to or exacerbate neck pain.

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  • Injury to the Wrist – fracture or dislocation
  • Diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, hypothyroidism
  • Repetitive hand and wrist motions- twisting, turning, bending, grasping
  • Strain from flexing the wrist for long periods of time as with use of keyboard and computer mouse
  • Family history


  • Pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in fingers or hand, except for the little finger
  • Weakness in the hand, dropping objects
  • Feel the need to “shake” out the hand to reduce symptoms
  • Electric shock sensation in fingers with use of hand and wrist
  • Pain and tingling may travel up the arm


Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Pain

What are the treatment options for neck pain?

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The approach to treating neck pain varies depending on its cause but generally starts with conservative measures. This includes techniques to strengthen and improve flexibility, advice on maintaining proper posture, and identifying and avoiding triggers like poor sleeping positions, smoking, and engaging in high-impact sports. If these initial steps don't alleviate the pain, a range of interventional therapies are available.

How can I manage and alleviate neck pain effectively?

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Managing neck pain effectively involves a combination of treatments tailored to the individual's needs and the underlying cause of their pain. Initially, a conservative treatment plan involving education on posture and lifestyle adjustments, and avoidance of known triggers is recommended. Medications can also be a key component of pain management. For persistent pain, various interventional techniques aim to improve function and enhance quality of life.

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Treat Your Neck Pain at Greater Austin Pain Center

If you’re experiencing neck pain and discomfort, reach out to Greater Austin Pain Center. Our pain specialists have experience in treating neck pain, and we’re ready to help provide you relief from your symptoms. 

For neck pain treatment in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, San Marcos, and the surrounding areas, choose the experts at Greater Austin Pain Center.

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