You may experience temporary neck pain if you sleep in an awkward position or sit in an uncomfortable chair, but pain in your neck that lingers for weeks or months warrants medical attention. At Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Chandler, Arizona, Shimul Sahai, MD, evaluates your neck pain and offers treatments for lasting relief. Call the office, or book online to take advantage of her expert care and experience in providing pain resolution.
If you have chronic pain that occurs when you turn your head, it’s a clear indication that something is wrong with your neck. Other symptoms of neck pain may be less obvious. These include:
Tightness and muscle spasms are other concerning neck issues. Pain may increase when you hold your neck in one position for a long time, such as when working on the computer. Pain may be dull or sharp and involve some tingling and numbness
Neck pain usually develops over time due to degenerative osteoarthritis or because of the way you hold your posture. Other factors that can cause neck pain are:
Neck pain can also occur because of disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Don’t ignore neck pain as it can often worsen with time.
Dr. Sahai does a complete physical exam and reviews your medical history when diagnosing the reason for your neck pain. She may order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to determine the cause of your pain.
Your treatment depends on the determined cause. You may benefit from epidural or nerve block injections that numb the irritated nerves responsible for your pain. These injections can be quite helpful in cases of arthritis, disc herniation, or spinal stenosis.
Extremely tight muscles or irregular posture that causes pain may be treated with physical therapy and massage. She may also offer neuromuscular stimulation to provide relief.
Pain medications along with bracing, using collars to provide stability, can also help. Dr. Sahai offers lifestyle habit changes, too, such as suggestions about sleeping positions and the setup of your work station.
To learn more about the effective therapies offered by Dr. Sahai, call the office, or book online today.