A car accident or repetitive motions can leave your neck throbbing in pain. If you’ve been searching for relief from your symptoms — without surgery — trust the pain experts at Interventional Pain Center. As a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, their team offers advanced, minimally invasive therapies, and is conveniently located in central Charlotte, North Carolina. To find out how they can put pain behind you, call or request a consultation online today.
Your neck is also called the cervical spine. It’s made of bony vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles that work together to support the weight of your head as you go about your day.
Your neck’s narrow structure leaves you vulnerable to disorders and injuries. Wear and tear over time or injuries, like a sprain, most commonly cause neck pain. Often painful, these conditions can make it hard to move your head.
Osteoarthritis frequently causes neck pain. Although it’s rare, tumors and infections also cause neck pain. If you have neck pain, you may also feel pain in your arms, shoulders, or upper back.
The symptoms of neck pain may include:
For some, neck pain may eventually go away without treatment, while others need medical diagnosis and treatment to gain relief from their symptoms.
You should contact Interventional Pain Center for care right away when you haven’t suffered an injury, and you have neck pain that:
Your provider takes a complete medical history and performs a physical exam to check for numbness, tenderness, and muscle weakness. You may be asked to move your head backward, forward, and from side to side. To pinpoint the source of your pain, your provider may also perform or order imaging tests, such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
Sometimes, neck pain goes away after a day or two of at-home care. If that hasn’t worked for you, your provider creates a comprehensive treatment plan designed to alleviate your symptoms. Your treatment plan may include advanced therapies used in conjunction with medications and physical therapy.
For lingering neck pain, you may benefit from Coolief®, a minimally invasive procedure to ease your pain symptoms. The 30-minute treatment uses cooled radiofrequency energy. It’s performed in the Interventional Pain Center and is ideal if you want to avoid surgery.
If you’re ready to explore your options to feel like yourself again—without surgery—call today or schedule a consultation online with the pain-relief experts at Interventional Pain Center.