Between 10%-20% of Americans complain about neck pain, making it one of the top five disorders in the United States. At Advanced Pain Management Specialists, Okezie Okezie, MD, FAAPMR, and Jerome Carter, MD, offer the most advanced pain management treatments in the area for men and women in Humble and Baytown, Texas. You don’t have to live with pain in your neck. Call Advanced Pain Management Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.
The portion of your spine beginning just underneath your skull and ending at the top of your shoulders is known as your cervical spine. This area contains seven vertebrae to protect your spinal cord, along with nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Its complex design works to support your head, which can weigh 10-11 pounds.
While your cervical spine is one of the most flexible and strong parts of your spine, it’s also vulnerable to injury, stiffness, and inflammation. In some cases, intense neck pain can be debilitating.
You can develop neck pain for a variety of reasons. If your pain is acute, it’s often due to muscle strain and tension. In most cases, you end up having this kind of pain because of straining while carrying heavy things, having poor posture, sleeping in an awkward position, bad ergonomics, or from forceful and sudden movements of your head.
When you have chronic neck pain, it’s typically the result of a health condition, such as:
You can also have chronic neck pain because of congenital abnormalities, spinal cancer, or tumors. In some cases, neck pain can also indicate a medical emergency, like a heart attack or meningitis.
At Advanced Pain Management Specialists, Dr. Okezie and Dr. Carter pinpoint the cause of your neck pain by conducting a full physical examination, reviewing your symptoms, and discussing both your personal and medical histories. Based on this consultation, they might also recommend digital imaging like X-rays and MRIs as well as nerve conduction studies, typically performed with electromyography.
After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Okezie and Dr. Carter develop a targeted approach to relieve your symptoms. They might recommend a variety of therapies, such as:
Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Okezie and Dr. Carter could also suggest alternative treatments like massage, chiropractic care, or acupuncture as well as stretching exercises to do at home.
For more information on neck pain, call Advanced Pain Management Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.