Neck pain treatment is quite popular at West Valley Pain Solutions.
We have noticed that neck pain is somewhat more common in women, but men also experience neck pain at some point in their life.
There are too many causes of neck pain to describe here but they are always divided into two categories acute and chronic neck pain. Acute pain happens suddenly and typically diminishes or disappears less than three months. If you have acute neck pain our doctors will investigate a possible facet syndrome, acute muscle strain, or traumatic injury like whiplash scenarios.
On the other hand if your neck pain has lasted more than three months you have chronic neck pain and although this can be caused by a myriad of circumstances our pain management specialists will look to the source of your pain which could be due to spinal joint irritation (Facet Joint irritation), disc involvement, ligament dysfunction, and everyday musculoskeletal sources.
Your vertebral discs have a multitude of functions but the major two functions are to act like a ligament and hold your spine together all the while allowing movement in all directions and finally to act like a shock absorber!
Since the discs are designed to be supple to allow movement and still hold you together they also have to provide support. The anatomy of the disc is like a jelly doughnut and we have all compressed down on a jelly doughnut and seen the jelly ooze out of the doughnut and that is similar to what happens to a disc when it degenerates or even herniates. When normal and intact the jelly inside the doughnut (disc) is called the Nucleus Pulposis acts like the shock absorber fluid but it is confined the central most area of the disc in a semi-circle and functions as a fulcrum for all of your spinal movement at that level in your spine. Due to the anatomy of the disc they have a tendency to herniate or bulge backwards and slightly to the side and cause mechanical (rubbing) irritation to neighboring spinal nerves and sometimes even the spinal cord. Disc involvement and disc disease are two of the most common causes of neck pain and if not attended to in a timely matter can lead to surgery.
Disc disease when acute typically results from trauma or repetitive motion injury. In a nutshell degenerative disc disease is a chronic or long standing process that results in thinning and dehydration of the spinal discs over time that can lead to irritation of the surrounding tissues including spinal nerves, the spinal cord and the spinal vertebrae themselves resulting in osteophytes, lipping and spurring. Think of stalactites and stalagmites but instead of growing upwards and downwards osteophytes grow outward.
Did you know everyone has two discs missing in their neck!!
The top vertebra in your neck called The atlas, named so because it appears to hold the entire skull to the top of the spine and the second vertebra called the axis named so because it has a rod like structure that shoots and is placed right behind the inside atlas and acts as a pivot or axis. These top two cervical vertebrae allow the majority of your head’s rotational movement.
The cervical spine is the most supple portion of the spine and therefore is susceptible to dysfunction and injury. Spinal nerves 1-3 exit from the spinal cord through these upper cervical vertebrae and innervate the head and face allowing mostly for sensation to the head and face.
The neck nerves located lower in the lower neck combine to form a large plexus of nerves that provides nerve signals for your arms, forearms and hands that allow for sensation as well as movement. Involvement of these nerves can cause weakness, pain, loss of feeling, or other symptoms in the arms.
NECK PROCEDURES WE OFFER:
Epidural Steroid Injection
Medial Branch Blocks
Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment
Occipital Nerve Block
Selective Nerve Root Blocks
Stellate Ganglion Block
We work with you and your doctors and legal representatives to get you the best and quickest solution to your neck pain!
Give us a call today and lets get you as pain free as possible. 623-939-1375