Is Your Neck Pain A Serious Issue?
Neck pain is marked by feelings of discomfort anywhere in the cervical region – from the bottom of the head to the top of your shoulders. This pain can remain in certain problem areas, or it can begin to radiate through your upper back, shoulders, and arms. Sometimes it’s only a minor issue, and sometimes it feels completely immobilizing.
At Greater Austin Pain Center, we do whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of your neck pain and find a solution.
The neck contains a group of important muscles – the erector spinae, the levator scapulae, the splenius cervicis, the trapezius, and more. While these muscles usually work in harmony throughout your everyday life, certain factors can turn them into problem areas for neck pain. Muscular discomforts like strains and sprains can be common, especially for those who perform manual labor or sleep in uncomfortable positions. Issues like arthritis, herniated discs, whiplash-associated injuries, and sports injuries like stingers can also play a part in neck pain.
- Irregularity in sleeping position
- Poor posture
- Aging/wear and tear
- Dull aches and pains
- Severe pain
- Feelings of limited mobility
- Muscular weakness
- Nerve blocks
- Epidural steroid injections
- Radio-frequency nerve ablation
Neck Pain Treatment in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs
The treatment for your neck pain will vary depending on the type and severity of your condition. Fortunately, many non-surgical methods are effective and readily available.
Bundles of nerves can cause pain in any region of the body, but this nerve activity can be halted by injections of medication. These nerve blocks can be an effective remedy for multiple types of pain. For neck pain, a cervical nerve block can be administered. Such a treatment is often used as a response to pain, but it can also preemptively be administered if a specialist deems it necessary.
There are many effective non-surgical methods readily available to treat neck pain.
Another injectable option is epidural injections of steroids. Many spinal conditions cause painful compression or pinching of nerves, but an epidural steroid goes right to the source of the problem. Due to the quick turnaround time of an epidural procedure, it has become a go-to option for neck and spine pain relief.
Radiofrequency nerve ablation is another alternative. As the name suggests, it is a procedure that uses radio waves. Electric currents are created by these waves, which in turn heat an area of nerve tissue to the point where it can no longer send pain signals. In essence, the currents “burn” (ablate) nerves in order to stop your pain. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure, and like epidural injections, they occur with fluoroscopic x-ray guidance.
Am I At Risk?
The neck can be exposed to many factors that accelerate discomfort. If you have habits of sleeping in awkward positions, routinely turning your head for a work/sports activity, or displaying poor posture, your neck could be feeling the effects. The experts at Greater Austin Pain Center are happy to discuss neck pain and potential treatments with you. We look forward to developing a course of action that gets you through life pain-free.