Neck Pain

Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

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.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why are neck injuries common?

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.

What causes neck 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:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pinched nerves
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors or cancer
  • Congenital abnormalities

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.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

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.

How is neck pain treated?

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:

  • Facet joint injection: targets joints in the spinal area with anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stem cell therapy: uses your body’s cells to repair damage or disease
  • Coblation nucleoplasty: dissolves disc material causing pain with low temperature energy
  • Kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty: restores structure and strength to a fractured vertebra

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.

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