When neck pain becomes chronic or debilitating, it’s time to consider your treatment options. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers a range of minimally invasive treatments that don’t rely on surgery and narcotics as a first treatment option. We serve men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA with tailored treatment plans.
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be the result of a disease or disorder of any structure of the neck, particularly the cervical spine. It can also be referred pain from another area of the body, or it can cause pain to be referred to another area, most commonly the shoulder.
What Causes Neck Pain?
There are many potential causes of neck pain. Some causes are minor and go away on their own, while others may require treatment or they can actually get worse. At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we will ask you to describe your specific symptoms, where you feel the pain, and what makes the pain worse to determine what is causing your pain and develop the right treatment plan.
The following are the most common causes and types of neck pain.
- Facet Joint Pain
- This type of neck pain can feel sharp, deep, and aching, and comes from the facet joints. It can be caused by arthritis or nerves near the facet joints. You will probably feel the pain radiate to your back or shoulder if you tip your head to one side.
- Trigger Points
- If you have a sore, aching neck and aching shoulder muscles, it may be caused by trigger points which are tender, hard knots in the muscle. This is sometimes called trigger point syndrome.
- Some types of headaches begin in the back of the head and the top of the neck and they are usually the result of tension in the muscles.
- Pinched Nerve
- A pinched nerve in the neck, called cervical radiculopathy, is one of the most common sources of neck pain and it happens when a nerve gets irritated or compressed as it branches off the spinal cord.
- Disc Degeneration
- Over time, spinal discs between the vertebrae dry out and become prone to herniating, losing their volume, and deteriorating. This is called degenerative disc disease and it often affects the discs in the cervical spine of the neck.
- Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can both affect the cervical spine in the neck.
How is Neck Pain Treated in Brunswick, GA?
The best treatment option for your neck pain will depend on the source of the pain, such as a damaged or herniated disc or a pinched nerve. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers tailored treatment plans that may include the following pain relief options.
- Cervical Steroid Injections
- A steroid injection is used to treat pain coming from the cervical area of the spine which may be a bone spur or herniated disc that is irritating nearby nerve roots.
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Stem cell therapy in Brunswick uses your own adult stem cells with a goal of restoring function and shape to deteriorated or herniated discs.
- PRP Therapy
- This treatment uses platelet-rich plasma concentrated from your blood to concentrate your body’s healing mechanisms at the site of damaged soft tissue or cartilage. It’s often used to treat cervical spine arthritis.
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a PNS device is implanted to override the pain signals from peripheral nerves. It’s effective at treating many sources of pain including migraines and some types of neck pain.
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- This type of nerve block targets the stellate ganglion on either side of the larynx to relief neck pain and temporarily stop painful nerves from transmitting signals.
You don’t need to live with chronic neck pain. At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we offer tailored treatment plans focused on minimally invasive and conservative treatments that can offer significant pain relief. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn about neck pain treatment options in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.