Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center
Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Winchester, TN
Neck pain is common, affecting more than 30% of people every year. Though the cause and severity of neck pain vary, the discomfort can make it hard for you to participate in your daily activities, reducing your quality of life. William Newton, DO, MS, and the team at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center in Winchester, Tennessee, specialize in diagnosing and treating neck pain. The team uses the most advanced treatments available to reduce neck pain and dependence on pain medication. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Neck Pain Q&A
What is neck pain?
Neck pain is a symptom of many injuries and medical conditions. Unlike the rest of your spine, your neck, also known as your cervical spine, is very flexible, allowing you to move your head in a wide range of directions.
Unfortunately, the function of your neck makes it more susceptible to injuries and medical conditions that cause pain. The type of pain you feel may vary and be described as:
Axial neck pain
Axial neck pain refers to pain you feel in the neck itself.
Radicular neck pain
Radicular neck pain is pain that radiates into other areas of your body, such as your head, arms, or upper back.
Your neck pain may be acute, lasting a few days or weeks, or chronic, lasting three or more months.
What causes neck pain?
You can develop neck pain from an injury or medical condition.
Whiplash is a common neck injury that causes pain. Whiplash is the forceful back and forth movement of your head. This type of movement may injure any of the structures that make up the neck, including the ligaments, discs, joints, muscles, or nerve roots.
Neck pain may develop because of the degenerative changes to your spine that occur when you get older, causing medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease (DDD), and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).
Like other parts of your body, overuse from strenuous activities or repetitive movements can lead to neck pain and stiffness.
More and more people are developing neck pain because they spend hours of their day bent over a computer or smartphone. Your bent head places too much stress on the neck, causing muscle aches and pain.
How is neck pain treated?
The team at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center customizes your neck pain treatment plan after conducting a comprehensive evaluation. They center your treatment plan around the underlying cause of your pain and the severity of your symptoms.
Initially, the team may take a conservative approach, recommending anti-inflammatory medication, posture therapy, or physical therapy. However, if your neck pain fails to improve with conservative care, the team may recommend a minimally invasive treatment such as:
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Epidural steroid injection
- Nerve block
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Flowonix Intrathecal pain pump
The Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center team works closely with you, developing a plan that provides the best relief from your neck pain and improves your quality of life.
For expert neck pain care, call Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center or schedule an appointment online today.