Persistent neck pain can make physical activity impossible. When home care is no longer enough to treat chronic neck pain, you can find effective solutions at Advanced Interventional Pain Management. Skilled pain management specialists Jacob Abraham, MD, and Jose Garcia, MD, offer customized treatments, including stellate ganglion injections, at their offices in Hot Springs, Little Rock, Texarkana, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas. They work with you to resolve pain and improve your neck function. To schedule a neck pain evaluation, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Acute neck pain is often the result of muscle tension or overuse. Many people experience neck pain because of poor posture, for example, spending too much time hunched over your computer or staring down at your smartphone.
This type of pain typically lasts for a few days before resolving with rest and over-the-counter medications.
If you have neck pain that lasts for three months or longer, it may be due to an underlying condition that affects your cervical (neck) spine. Common conditions that contribute to persistent neck pain include:
Whiplash is another common cause of neck pain. This condition describes injuries to your neck that result from the sudden and forceful back-and-forth movement of your neck that can strain or tear tissues.
When your neck pain isn’t getting better with home care, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Advanced Interventional Pain Management.
During your evaluation for chronic neck pain, Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia reviews your personal and family medical history and physically examines your neck. They may ask you to perform certain movements to assess your neck’s range of motion and evaluate the severity of your pain.
To get a better look at the inner structures of your cervical spine, Advanced Interventional Pain Management uses X-rays and other imaging tests. These tests can identify herniated discs, arthritis, and other types of spine damage or disease.
Based on the results of your tests, your physician creates a custom treatment plan to relieve pain and improve your neck’s flexibility.
Physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications can effectively relieve inflammation and pain. If your pain is severe enough to interfere with therapeutic exercises, Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia might recommend a stellate ganglion block.
The stellate ganglion is a group of nerves that surround the last vertebra in your neck and supply sensations in your neck, face, and arm. Injections of a local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion numbs the nerves to relieve pain.
To ensure the proper placement of the needle, your doctor uses fluoroscopy, a live X-ray technology, during your procedure. After the injection, you may notice some pain relief, but it can take a few hours before you feel the full benefit of the treatment.
You don’t have to live with chronic neck pain. Call the Advanced Interventional Pain Management office nearest you or request a diagnostic evaluation online today.