Neck pain may afflict you for a few days if you sleep in a funny position or sit in an uncomfortable chair, but neck pain that lingers for weeks or months could be a sign of a pinched nerve or cervical disc issue. At Chicago Pain Relief in Willowbrook, Illinois, interventional pain management specialist Dr. Shivani Chadha helps men and women in Chicagoland find lasting relief from neck pain. To take advantage of her expert care and experience, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Turning your head and experiencing pain is a clear indication of neck pain, but other symptoms may be less noticeable. These include:
You may also feel tightness in your neck or spasms. Pain may increase when you hold your head in one position for a long time, such as when driving. Your neck pain can be sharp or dull and may include tingling or numbness.
Generally, neck pain develops over time due to poor posture or because of degenerative osteoarthritis. Other causes of neck pain include:
Certain diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, may also cause neck pain.
Dr. Chadha performs a complete physical exam and examines your medical history. She reviews your symptoms and may order specific imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to determine the cause of your pain.
Getting to the cause of your neck pain is important because it helps Dr. Chadha create a customized treatment plan to relieve your pain for the long term.
The treatment for neck pain depends on the cause. Dr. Chadha may offer epidural injections that target the irritated and inflamed nerves, particularly if a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc, arthritis, or spinal stenosis causes your pain. These injections deliver steroids directly to the irritated nerve, so the pain and inflammation are alleviated.
If a super-tight knot of muscles is causing your neck pain, Dr. Chadha can administer a trigger point injection that deactivates the tightness with saline and a light anesthetic.
Bracing is another method Dr. Chadha may utilize to treat your neck pain. These collars provide stability, especially if you’re experiencing neck pain after trauma or an accident.
To learn more about the effective therapies Dr. Chadha offers for chronic neck pain, call Chicago Pain Relief or schedule an appointment using online booking today.