Neck Pain

Neck pain also commonly known as cervical pain is described as an aching, burning, stabbing, shooting, or cramping pain and frequently spreads into the Head, upper back, the arm or the hand. It is frequently made worse by activities.

Common Symptoms of Neck Pain

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Shooting pain.
  • General soreness.
  • Radiating pain upto the fingers.
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hand
  • Difficulty gripping or lifting objects.
  • Headaches.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

Muscle sprain: Overuse of a particular muscle and bad posture often triggers muscle sprains

Herniated discs: Herniated discs can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.

Facet joint pain syndrome: Facet joints are joints between two vertebral bones. They can be painful due to bad posture, "whiplash" injuries of the neck, arthritis or degeneration in the low back

Diseases: Neck pain can sometimes be caused by diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, fibromyalgia, meningitis or cancer.

Neck Pain and Cervical Pain Treatment at Pain clinic

Conservative care: applying heat or ice and using pain relievers, nerve medicines, muscle relaxants etc

Physical therapy: Ultrasonic, short wave diathermy, laser and controlled traction. Along with these neck strengthening exercises are performed. No exercises should be performed in acute painful conditions.

Cervical epidural injection: These techniques are absolutely safe, effective and produce rapid recovery in all age groups provided they are performed by the experts (pain physicians).

Facet joint and Medial Branch nerve injections: Each facet joint is served by medial branch nerves, and if these nerves are blocked with local anesthetic, the pain from the joints will stop. Blocking it by local anaesthetic or radiofrequency current is absolutely safe method of relieving facet joint pain