Neck pain is usually a day-long inconvenience that might come from working or sleeping in an unusual position. If your neck pain lasts for a long time or is severe, Ingy Iskander, MD, offers several advanced treatments for neck pain at Jonaleé Pain and Aesthetics in Southlake, Texas. She evaluates you to rule out or diagnose underlying conditions like arthritis, vertebral fractures, and spinal stenosis before recommending a procedure. Call Jonaleé Pain and Aesthetics to learn more about neck pain procedures or request a visit online today.
Your neck includes your cervical spine (the portion nearest your skull) as well as all of the muscles and tissues that encapsulate it. There are also nerves, facet joints (joints between vertebrae), blood vessels, and other components within your neck, all of which can sustain damage or an injury and cause discomfort.
To find out why your neck is hurting, Dr. Iskander performs a simple physical examination and asks about your symptoms and when they started. She may ask additional questions about your daily behaviors, dietary habits, and medications or supplements you regularly take. An accurate neck pain diagnosis might require the results of further tests, like X-rays, MRIs, or blood tests.
It’s not uncommon for neck pain to come with stiffness and other symptoms, like referred pain or numbness in the arm. You should report these to Dr. Iskander during your consultation.
You might experience neck pain for one of many different reasons, as there are a large number of conditions and injuries with neck pain as a possible symptom. To make a diagnosis, Dr. Iskander narrows down the list. Some of the most common causes of neck pain are:
Sometimes, damage within your neck is quick and immediate with acute injuries. In other cases, damage accumulates with time. You can even experience neck pain as a result of carrying poor posture for a long time.
Jonaleé Pain and Aesthetics makes finding relief for neck pain easy, with multiple treatment options and personalized guidance from Dr. Iskander. If you can’t find relief for your neck pain with heat, ice, rest, or over-the-counter medications at home, Dr. Iskander might recommend one of these in-office procedures:
Steroids are drugs that reduce inflammation in targeted areas. During an epidural steroid injection, Dr. Iskander injects a steroid with a local anesthetic directly into the epidural space around your spinal cord and nerve roots. This relieves some pain immediately but offers lasting relief by reducing inflammation over time.
Medial branch nerve blocks are injectables for structures near your spine. Dr. Iskander injects an anesthetic medication near the medial nerve roots of a facet joint in your cervical spine. She repeats this process until she locates the nerve that is the source of your pain. This procedure provides relief, but it also helps diagnose neck pain.
Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment that uses radio waves to heat and temporarily deactivate a nerve. After numbing an area of skin, Dr. Iskander uses an X-ray to guide a catheter toward nerves causing pain in your neck. Then, she inserts an electrode through the catheter and uses it to create a heat lesion on the targeted nerve.
Request your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Iskander for neck pain treatments by phone or online at Jonaleé Pain and Aesthetics today.