The Pain Management Clinic offers solutions to chronic pain including comprehensive treatments for the following conditions:
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Neck pain occurs from stress on the spine. This stress may occur due to:
- Injury or trauma (whiplash, falls, sports injuries etc.)
- Poor posture or spine alignment
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Improper lifting
- Normal wear and tear
- Pinched nerve
- Osteoarthritis (degenerative disc disease)
- Stenosis (narrowing of the bony canals in the spine which compresses the cord and nerves, causing inflammation and swelling)
How will my MMG Pain Management Specialist diagnose my neck pain?
After completing a physical exam and learning your medical history, your doctor may use tests to judge your muscle reflexes and strength. He or she may also order imaging scans such as CT scans, x-rays, EMG, NCS or MRIs.
Acute Neck Pain
Acute neck pain is abrupt and intense. It occurs suddenly. The source of pain is usually in the muscles and ligaments, joints, or discs.
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic neck pain lasts for more than 3 months. It may be felt constantly or worsen after certain activities. Factors that influence neck pain may include tissue scarring, nerve damage or arthritis.
Which symptoms indicate I may need to make an appointment with an MMG Physician?
Concerning symptoms of neck pain may include:
- Burning, stabbing or shooting pains
Do not delay seeking care if you have any of the following severe symptoms:
- Loss of coordination or strength
- Tingling, numbness or pain in the legs or arms
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
How will my MMG Physician treat my neck pain?
Most likely, your initial treatment plan will begin with non-surgical and self-care strategies. Our goal is to help correct the problem, restore function, and prevent re-injury. Your treatment plan may include a combination of the following:
- Strengthening exercises and stretches
- Reaching ideal weight
- Ice or heat
- Pain relievers
Will I need neck surgery?
Surgery is rarely needed. Your doctor may recommend surgery in the following cases:
- Cervical cord compression
- Muscle weakness
- Disc herniation
- Problems with balance and coordination