Neck Pain

Spine & Pain Institute of Texas

Pritesh Patel, DO

Pain Management Specialist & Board Certified Anesthesiologist located in Dallas, South Dallas, and DeSoto, TX

Neck pain is often the result of pinched nerves in the cervical vertebrae at the top of your spine. If you're experiencing ongoing problems with neck pain, board-certified physician Pritesh Patel, DO, at Spine & Pain Institute of Texas in DeSoto, Texas, can help. Dr. Patel uses conservative measures to restore function and relieve pain for many patients. He also offers an extensive range of minimally invasive procedures such as epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation for patients who need them. Call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are the causes of neck pain?

Neck pain that comes on suddenly might be due to soft tissue damage, where you strain the muscles and tendons in your neck. Falls, sports injuries, and clumsy, twisting movements can cause acute neck pain, as can sleeping with your neck in an awkward position.

Whiplash injuries are one of the more common causes of neck pain. They frequently occur during auto accidents when a vehicle hits you from behind. Your neck snaps forward and down violently at the moment of impact, then back again, like a cracking whip.

Your neck, which is the cervical area of your spine, can also develop chronic pain as the vertebrae, discs, and other structures deteriorate with age, resulting in problems like:

  • Herniated cervical discs
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cervical radiculopathy

If there's pressure on the nerves in your neck, it can cause numbness or feelings of prickling and tingling that spread down your arms. The pain may also radiate into your arms, head, and upper back.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of your neck pain, Dr. Patel performs a physical examination, reviews your medical history, and discusses your symptoms with you. You might also need to have diagnostic tests such as X-rays or a CT or MRI scan.

If he suspects you have radiculopathy (pinched nerves), Dr. Patel might need to see the results of nerve conduction velocity and electromyography tests. These usually take place at the same time and measure how well your nerves are working.

After confirming your diagnosis, Dr. Patel can design a personalized treatment plan for you.

How is neck pain treated?

The exact combination of treatments you need for your neck pain depends on the cause and severity of your condition. Dr. Patel typically begins with the most conservative options when treating neck pain. These are the safest methods and effective for the majority of patients.

Initial treatments could include rest, hot and cold compresses, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), therapeutic massage, and physical therapy.

If these treatments aren't helping to relieve your neck pain, Dr. Patel has an array of injectables and minimally invasive procedures that could help, including:

  • Cervical epidural steroid injection
  • Stellate ganglion nerve block
  • Cervical medial branch block
  • Peripheral nerve block
  • Cervical facet joint injection
  • Cervical radiofrequency ablation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

To find out more about these cutting-edge treatments for neck pain, call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today or book an appointment online.

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