Neck pain may be a common problem, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Sham Vengurlekar, MD, at Premier Pain Institute in Phoenix has advanced training in identifying the cause of neck pain so he can provide the most effective, minimally invasive relief. The sooner you look for solutions for your neck pain, the faster you can start enjoying your life again pain-free. Call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.
Your neck is one of the most flexible locations of your spine. It contains seven vertebrae that protect your spinal cord in addition to tendons, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. This delicate structure also supports your head, which can weigh between 10 to 11 pounds in an average adult.
While your neck is incredibly strong and mobile, its complicated anatomy also leaves it vulnerable to stiffness, injury, inflammation, and pain.
You can have pain in your neck for several reasons, including injury or trauma. But, one of the most common causes of neck pain is arthritis. This condition develops when the cartilage cushioning your joints grows inflamed.
Additional causes of neck pain include:
In some cases, neck pain can also cause symptoms in other areas of your body, including headaches, shoulder pain, and limited movement in the head.
Dr. Vengurlekar takes a personalized approach to diagnosing the cause of your neck pain. During your appointment, he conducts a full physical examination, discusses your medical and personal history, and reviews your symptoms.
Depending on your consultation, Dr. Vengurlekar might also recommend additional tests, like MRIs, X-rays, electromyography, or nerve conduction studies. He also offers advanced diagnostic tools, like discography. This procedure goes beyond MRI imaging to help locate a specific vertebral disc causing your neck pain.
After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Vengurlekar creates a personalized approach to treating your neck pain. Depending on your condition, this might include a variety of therapies, such as:
To protect your neck and spine health, Dr. Vengurlekar also recommends regular exercise and stretching to help keep your body healthy and your bones strong.
For more information on neck pain, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online.