Neck Pain: Causes and Treatments

Chronic neck pain can severely lower a patient’s quality of life. Muscle tightness, pain which grows when the patient’s head stays in one position for extended periods, muscle spasms, headaches, and limited head mobility are symptoms commonly associated with neck pain. Atlanta Pain Centers can diagnose the root causes of patients’ neck pain and create therapy plans to help patients manage their neck pain.

Causes of Neck Pain

Multiple types of injuries and illnesses can trigger neck pains for unsuspecting patients. Conditions that wear down patients’ joints – such as osteoporosis –can cause bones to deteriorate, which can expose nerves to irritation and damage. Muscle strains in or near the head can cause neck pain; bruxism, unnatural angles for the neck and head (such as reading in bed), and poor posture are examples of conditions that can lead to strained neck muscles. External injuries – such as whiplash after an automobile accident – can strain the soft tissues in the neck. Medical conditions that pinch or compress nerves – such as bone spurs or herniated discs – can cause neck pain when the pinched nerve misfires and distorts how the neck muscles operate. And many types of chronic illnesses – including cancer and rheumatoid arthritis – can trigger neck pain as well.

Preventing Neck Pain

The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies strongly to neck pain; simple ergonomic measures can reduce the likelihood of developing neck pain associated with muscle strain or external injuries. Focusing on proper posture reduces the chances of sore muscles and pinched nerves; this applies to sleeping as well as sitting and walking. Patients who use backpacks, purses, and similar containers with shoulder straps should avoid heavy loads. And smoking can cause neck pain in addition to a multitude of other health complications.

Treating Neck Pain

Interventional pain management is a set of pain-blocking techniques that interfere with the disruptive nerve signals. Nerve blocks, Radio Frequency Nerve Ablations (RFNA), and electrical simulations are examples of interventional pain management techniques. Biofeedback therapy involves training patients on how to manage their bodily functions – such as heart rate and blood pressure – to reduce the effects of chronic pain. Wellness testing can detect root causes responsible for the patients’ neck pan and prevent complications or worsening symptoms. And FDA-approved prescription medications provide a less invasive alternative for patients with mild or moderate symptoms.

Atlanta Pain Center offers comprehensive diagnoses and treatment plans for patients with chronic pain and similar symptoms. We perform comprehensive diagnostic tests and techniques to isolate the root cause of patients’ pain. The data that we collect regarding the patients’ conditions and medical history allow us to generate a specialized plan that directly targets the root causes of the patients’ pain and empowers patients to control their pain and restore their quality of life. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form, calling us at (770) 680-5740, or sending us an email at info@mypaincenters.com. Patients can also schedule appointments online.