Neck pain commonly occurs after an injury or as the result of wear-and-tear over time. At Centennial Spine and Pain, with offices on Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, the group of leading interventional pain management specialists offers cutting-edge treatments that minimize your pain and allow you to return to your life as fast as possible. Book your appointment through online scheduling or call the office nearest you.
Neck pain can occur for a few different reasons, including:
The most common cause of acute (short-term) neck pain is soft tissue injuries, including muscle strains, ligament sprains, and tendon strains. Whiplash is a common example of a soft tissue neck injury. It starts following sudden jerky back-and-forth movement in the neck, usually during auto accidents.
You can also develop soft tissue neck pain after sleeping in a bad position, craning your neck over an electronic device for many hours a day, or exerting a lot of pressure on your neck tissues by carrying a heavy load.
Anatomic abnormalities are usually the cause of chronic neck pain that lasts weeks, months, or longer. A few examples of anatomic abnormalities include cervical herniated disc, age-related disc degeneration, and foraminal stenosis.
With anatomic abnormalities, the neck pain may also involve the shoulder, arm, hand, or fingers. Along with the pain, you may experience a pins-and-needles sensation or numbness.
Whether you have a soft tissue injury or an anatomic abnormality, neck pain can be very hard to live with.
In general, the sooner the better is the rule to follow when you need help with neck pain. Neck pain may sometimes go away after a brief period of rest and avoiding the activity that caused the pain. But, both neck injuries and anatomic abnormalities require medical care.
For example, a whiplash injury may seem like a minor problem. But, if untreated, whiplash can potentially lead to lasting nerve damage and chronic pain.
With anatomic abnormalities that cause neck pain, the condition is very likely to worsen without treatment. If you get help early, you have the best chance of achieving full pain relief with nonsurgical treatments.
Neck pain treatment depends on pain intensity and duration as well as the particular neck structures affected.
The Centennial Spine and Pain team recommends individualized neck pain treatment plans, usually starting with conservative nonsurgical interventions like physical therapy, rest, activity modification, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
If you’re experiencing severe neck pain that disrupts your life and resists conservative care, the team may recommend injections. Neck injections typically include a combination of steroids and anesthetics, which deaden sensation in the painful area while reducing inflammation for ongoing pain relief.
If you have long-lasting neck pain, you may need a procedure like radiofrequency ablation, which destroys the painful nerve, or a spinal cord stimulator implant, which disrupts or alters nerve signals so you don’t feel pain in that area.
If your neck aches or hurts constantly, you don’t have to live with it. Call the Centennial Spine and Pain office nearest you or book an appointment online.