Neck pain can affect your ability to move your head and is a common cause of headaches, as well as being intensely painful in its own right. Zaid Malik, MD, of Superior Pain Relief in The Woodlands, Texas, is a highly skilled specialist in interventional pain management who provides exceptional treatments for patients who are struggling with neck pain. Find out how Dr. Malik and his team can help you recover from your neck pain by calling Superior Pain Relief today, or book an appointment using the online form.
Neck pain can arise from damage to or degeneration of the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves in your neck. The most common causes of neck pain are:
Although rare, neck pain may sometimes be due to a cause that isn’t musculoskeletal, such as meningitis, so it’s important to get a professional diagnosis of the cause of your neck pain.
Your provider at Superior Pain Relief carries out a physical exam to assess the structures in your neck and see how well you can move. Using this information together with a review of your medical history and listening to you describe your symptoms, they can usually make a preliminary diagnosis. You then undergo diagnostic testing to confirm the diagnosis and provide a clearer picture of the extent of the damage.
Tests you may need to undergo include X-rays, a CT (computed tomography) scan, or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. If your provider thinks there could be a problem with the nerves in your neck, they can also carry out electromyography (EMG) to test your nerve function.
In the initial stages, pain-killing medications and anti-inflammatory drugs can ease the discomfort and help reduce inflammation. Your provider can also use a range of advanced treatments, prescribed according to the cause of your pain. Potential treatments include:
You can also help yourself by making sure you adopt a good posture and taking care not to overstrain your neck. Habits like holding a phone between your ear and shoulder are likely to cause neck pain, so avoid these types of actions, and make sure your head is in a comfortable position aligned with the rest of your spine when you go to sleep.
By combining the newest treatments for neck pain with well-established therapies, the team at Superior Pain Relief can help find a resolution for your pain. Call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.