The neck is considerably fragile compared to other parts of the body, and highly susceptible to injury during activities such as sports or even sleeping. If you are experiencing any kind of neck pain, come visit Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates for effective relief. We offer pain-care treatments to men and women living in Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, and Atlanta.
What is Neck Pain?
Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain can be acute, meaning it lasts a few hours to a few weeks, or it can be chronic. Neck pain that lasts several weeks or longer is considered chronic neck pain. Most cases of neck pain are not serious. Poor posture at work, such as leaning into your computer, and during hobbies, such as hunching over your workbench, are common causes of neck pain. But sometimes neck pain can signify something more serious. If your neck pain is so severe that you can’t touch your chin to your chest despite a few days of self-care, seek immediate medical attention. We may use epidurals or other treatments to help a patient alleviate neck pain.
Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the head is suddenly whipped forward. This is most often seen in rear-end collisions, but can also occur in sports. Mild whiplash may not need any treatment, but severe cases can result in neck and shoulder pain.
Pinched Nerves in Neck
A pinched nerve happens as a result of pressure on a nerve. This most often occurs while sleeping, and can cause sharp pain and limitations in movement. Mild cases can heal themselves and dissipate within a few days, but more severe cases may necessitate medical attention.
A stiff neck typically occurs as a result of a strained muscle. In mild cases, it will heal itself as long as you rest and don’t further irritate it. If it is painful or persists for longer than a few days, you may want to seek treatment.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joints connect the vertebra in your neck and back. Each vertebra has four facet joints, with one pair that connects to the vertebra above and one pair that connects to the vertebra below. When these become inflamed, they can cause neck or back pain and will require facet joint injections. A facet joint injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The drugs are injected into the facet joint either inside the joint capsule or in the tissue surrounding the joint capsule. The injections work to reduce inflammation and can be effective when delivered directly into the painful area. Relief lasts from days to years, and allows you to improve your spinal condition with physical therapy and exercise.
Certain nerves in the upper back only function to deliver pain signals to the facet joints. These nerves can be safely removed using a method called radiofrequency ablation (also called facet joint denervation). If you are experiencing neck pain as a result of facet joint dysfunction, it is likely that you will have some damage to these nerves that causes additional pain and discomfort. Once the nerves are removed, the pain goes away, while leaving the facet joints fully functional.
If you are suffering from neck pain, contact our office today to schedule an appointment and take the first step in finding relief. Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates offers advanced pain management treatments to men and women living in Alpharetta, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.