While everyday muscle tension can cause pain in your neck, chronic neck pain may be the first indication something is wrong with your neck. The medical team at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates, with offices in Salem, Christiansburg, and Roanoke, Virginia, recommends an evaluation of any neck pain not relieved with rest and over-the-counter medications. With on-site diagnostics and a range of nonsurgical treatment options, the team offers solutions to treat your pain quickly and manage it for the long-term. Schedule an evaluation today for neck pain by calling the office or by booking an appointment online.
Injuries to the neck can occur for a variety of reasons, such as auto accidents or work-related falls. These injuries can cause damage to the soft tissues in the neck or the vertebrae and nerves in the cervical spine.
Poor posture and excess stress can cause strains in the muscles that support your neck. You may also develop chronic neck pain from direct trauma or underlying medical conditions, like arthritis.
When neck pain lasts for longer than a week and isn’t resolved with rest and over-the-counter medications, you should schedule an evaluation at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates.
During your evaluation, your Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates physician reviews your medical history and the activities that lead to the injury. They perform a physical evaluation of your neck, testing your range of motion and identifying areas of tenderness or pain.
To confirm an injury to the bone or soft tissues of your neck, you may need to undergo imaging tests, like X-rays or a CT scan. These tests can also determine if chronic pain is the result of nerve compression from conditions that affect the spine, such as bone spurs or a herniated disc.
Depending on the nature of your neck injury, the medical team at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates creates a treatment plan to alleviate pain and increase functionality in your neck.
Treatment options for spine-related pain in the neck include injection therapy, which delivers an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory medication to the soft tissues or joints. This reduces inflammation and alleviates pain, with results lasting several weeks, or possibly months.
The Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates team also offers trigger point injections, which addresses muscle spasms and knots that cause pain in the neck. Trigger point injections require the insertion of a needle that contains a small amount of anesthetic to quickly relax the muscles and reduce the frequency and severity of chronic pain.
Learn more about treating your neck pain from injuries or underlying conditions today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.