Neck and back pain is a feeling of discomfort in your spine, muscles, or other tissues in your neck or back. It might result from a disease, injury, or age-related wear and tear. If it doesn’t go away on its own, see the Interventional Pain Management Associates team for an evaluation.
Depending on the type and cause of neck and back pain, it may feel like:
Your discomfort might be mild, moderate, or severe. Neck and back pain feels crippling in some cases, interfering with your ability to complete simple everyday tasks.
Common causes and risk factors often linked with neck and back pain include:
You could get injured playing sports, falling, being in a car- or work-related accident, or lifting something too heavy. If neck and back pain feels debilitating or doesn’t go away on its own, see the Interventional Pain Management Associates team for an evaluation.
To determine what’s causing your neck and back pain, your Interventional Pain Management Associates specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They check your vital signs and complete a physical exam to assess your overall and joint health.
Pain-management providers might recommend you complete blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, bone scans, nerve studies, or other diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of your discomfort and develop an effective treatment.
Depending on the severity of your neck and back pain, your specialist might suggest:
Getting plenty of rest, using ice or heat packs, and wearing a neck brace are things you can do at home to reduce neck or back discomfort. Avoid smoking as well.
Physical therapy sessions increase strength and flexibility in your neck, back, and surrounding tissues to alleviate pain.
Taking medications can reduce inflammation, pain, or underlying causes of neck and back discomfort.
Injections stimulate your body’s ability to heal or reduce inflammation, thereby diminishing pain.
Radiofrequency ablation uses a very fine needle and radiofrequency energy to interfere with pain signals traveling to your brain.
Your pain specialist can implant a nerve stimulator under your skin to deliver electrical impulses to nerves to block pain signals.
If other treatments don’t work to relieve neck and back pain, surgery at Interventional Pain Management Specialists can correct the underlying cause of your discomfort, such as a herniated disc.
Don’t live with neck and back pain when highly effective treatments are within reach at Interventional Pain Management Associates. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.