If you get rear-ended or sleep in an awkward position, neck pain often follows. Although neck pain usually isn’t serious, if it lasts for longer than a few days, it may point to an underlying health problem. At Pain Instacare, double board-certified pain management physician Rajan Gupta, MD, uses minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to safely relieve neck pain. To schedule an appointment at the office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, call to speak with an administrative staff member, or click the online booking tool.
Neck pain refers to any aching, discomfort, or stiffness that affects the cervical spine, the seven vertebrae between your shoulders and head. It’s a common problem that almost everyone experiences at one point or another.
Most of the time, neck pain resolves on its own with rest or ice and heat therapy. If you experience neck pain that’s severe, or it interferes with your ability to work, exercise, or participate in other routine activities, don’t wait to make an appointment at Pain Instacare.
Common causes of neck pain include:
You might also experience neck pain due to a congenital abnormality, an infection, or a tumor.
To diagnose neck pain, Dr. Gupta asks about your symptoms and thoroughly reviews your medical history. You’ll want to let him know about any recent injuries or accidents you’ve had, in addition to any prescription medication or nutritional supplements you regularly take.
Dr. Gupta conducts a comprehensive physical exam. He gently presses on your neck, looking for areas of warmth, swelling, or redness. Then he tests your neck’s strength and range of motion with a series of simple stretches and exercises.
If these measures don’t provide insight into the source of your pain, Dr. Gupta might order additional tests like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These diagnostic imaging techniques provide detailed images of the hard and soft tissues in your neck.
At Pain Instacare, Dr. Gupta uses minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to treat neck pain. Depending on the location and severity of your symptoms, he might recommend:
The type of injection that will most benefit you depends on your age, health history, and the underlying cause of your discomfort.
If you regularly experience neck pain, request an appointment at Pain Instacare. Call the nearest office to speak with an administrative staff member, or click the online booking tool.