Neck Pain


 

NECK PAIN

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Your neck is one of the most vulnerable parts of your spine, which can make it prone to injury and pain. The team of specialists at Spinetech, in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, and Houston, Texas, is knowledgeable and experienced in diagnosing and treating the root cause of your neck pain. Their goal is to give you long-term relief and prevent further injury to your neck and back. For a consultation regarding your neck pain, call or book an appointment online.

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What is neck pain?

Neck pain refers to pain of the cervical vertebrae and associated structures, which is the uppermost section of your spinal column, just beneath your head. This area of the spine is the least protected and can be susceptible to injury. Neck pain can often be seen in connection with upper or middle back pain.

What causes neck pain?

The most common reason for neck pain is injury to the soft tissues or the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves of the neck. This can be caused by strain of these structures.

Other causes may be:

  • Whiplash
  • Pinched nerve
  • Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cervical disc degeneration
  • Sprains and strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tears of ligaments
  • Fractures of the bones
  • Infection
  • Tumors or other abnormal growth
  • Spinal abnormalities

Obesity, smoking, age, and a stressful lifestyle may all be contributing factors to neck pain.

What are symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain or injury can often cause symptoms in the neck, back, head, or upper extremities.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Shoulder or arm pain
  • Muscle stiffness or pain
  • Sharp or shooting pain in the neck
  • Shoulder stiffness or pain
  • Numbness or tingling in arms

Your symptoms and diagnostic testing can help determine the root cause of your pain.

What diagnostic studies are used to diagnose neck pain?

Spinetech offers a variety of advanced testing options, including:

  • Computerized tomography (CT): to visualize the structures of the neck
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): to visualize the structures and blood vessels of the head and neck
  • Vertebral mobility analysis: to determine range-of-motion of muscles, bones, and ligaments
  • Electromyography: to determine the health and function of the muscles and nerves of the neck

X-rays and nerve studies may also help to properly diagnose your neck pain.

What treatments are available for neck pain?

The team at Spinetech creates a specialized plan of care for you that is specific to your symptoms and underlying causes.

Treatment begins with a conservative approach, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercises
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Non-narcotic pain medications

If needed, surgical options may include:

  • Spinal decompression
  • Cervical discectomy or spinal fusion
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy

The goal of your treatment plan is to give you long-term pain relief, improve your associated symptoms, and help restore mobility.

For a consultation regarding your neck pain, call or book an appointment online with Spinetech today.

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