Neck Pain

Associated Pain Specialists

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Knoxville, TN & Johnson City, TN

Neck pain has similar causes to lower back pain and can be just as debilitating. If your neck pain is lasting longer than three months and not resolved with more conventional methods such as over-the-counter medication, stretching, or making lifestyle changes, it could be a more serious condition. Robert Odell, MD, and the team at Associated Pain Specialists in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee, provide offer a wide range of treatment options that aid in relief from the misery of neck pain. Call Associated Pain Specialists today to find out more.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is most often due to musculoskeletal damage from an injury, or deterioration of the structures in your neck over long periods. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis or Spondylosis of the vertebrae 
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or bulging cervical discs
  • Whiplash injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Falls
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerves)
  • Bone spurs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed neck surgery syndrome

Neck pain often causes headaches to develop due to tension in the neck. If you have headaches with neck pain sometimes massage or over the counter medications can help. However, if the headaches with neck pain persist there may be something more serious going on. If this is the case, call Associated Pain Specialists to see if you have the kind of neck condition they can help with. 

How is neck pain diagnosed?

Before devising a treatment plan, your provider at Associated Pain Specialists will need to evaluate you to determine the cause of your pain. This could involve diagnostic testing such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, or a diagnostic medial branch nerve block.

Once your pain source is diagnosed, a treatment plan will be developed and discussed with you as to the best outcome for your condition. 

The first line of treatment, if not already tried are more conservative approaches, such as physical therapy, nonnarcotic medication, and/or neck bracing. 

If conservative care does not provide adequate pain relief, then the next step may be more advanced procedures such as cervical epidural or radiofrequency ablation of the nerve. 

How is neck pain treated?

Minor neck pain or neck injuries usually resolve themselves with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and gentle stretching exercises. 

When these more conservative efforts fail, the team at Associated Pain Specialists will diagnose and devise a treatment plan that best meets the needs of the patient. Depending upon the severity of the patient’s neck condition, treatment may range from physical therapy to neck bracing to injections. 

For more severe cases of neck conditions that have failed all treatments including surgery, the patient may benefit from neuromodulation therapy, or a spinal cord stimulator. 

Click on the links to learn more about the treatments the team at Associated Pain Specialists offers for neck pain or call Associated Pain Specialists to schedule an appointment today.