Neck Pain Specialist

Space City Pain Specialists

Pain Management Physicians located in Webster, League City, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, TX

The muscle soreness, aching, or tightness that comes with neck pain can be more than annoying; it can interfere with your daily life. At Space City Pain Specialists, the experienced team provides the Webster and Baytown, serving League City, Texas City, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Texas and surrounding areas, communities with the most advanced therapies available to treat neck pain at the source. You don’t have to suffer through neck pain; call Space City Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain occurs in your cervical spine. This area begins just beneath your skull and ends at the top of your shoulders.

Your cervical spine contains seven vertebrae that protect your spinal cord, as well as nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This delicate structure also supports your head, which usually weighs approximately 15 pounds.

The cervical spine is one of the strongest and most flexible areas of your spine, but it’s also vulnerable to inflammation, stiffness, and injury that can cause intense pain. In some cases, neck pain can be debilitating.

What causes neck pain?

The most common cause of acute neck pain is muscle strain and tension. This type of neck pain is typically due to sleeping in awkward positions, straining to carry heavy things, having poor posture, enduring a sudden and forceful movement of your head, or sitting at your desk for prolonged periods of time.

You can also develop chronic neck pain. This discomfort is typically the result of:

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

Sometimes, neck pain indicates a medical emergency, like meningitis or heart attack.

How is neck pain diagnosed and treated?

During your appointment at Space City Pain Specialists, your experienced physician performs a comprehensive physical examination, reviews your personal and medical history, and discusses your symptoms. Based on this exam, he might suggest additional screenings, like X-rays, MRIs, electromyography, or nerve conduction studies.

Depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms, your pain management specialist might recommend a combination of therapies, including:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medications, like anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants
  • Steroid injections or nerve blocks

The experts at Space City Pain Specialists also offer advanced pain management treatments for neck pain, like COOLIEF*.

What is COOLIEF*?

COOLIEF* is a type of radiofrequency ablation. These forms of pain management procedures use heat to destroy the nerve fibers causing your pain.

During a COOLIEF* treatment, your pain management specialist inserts a tiny probe into the spinal area containing your problematic nerve. Once in place, the probe delivers gentle radiofrequency electrical waves while water circulates to expand the treatment area.

COOLIEF* treatments disrupt the transmission of pain signals from your nerve to your brain but don’t damage your nerve’s ability to function.

Call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.