About Neck Pain
Mild to severe neck pain is a common complaint among men and women of varying ages. Discomfort in the neck and shoulders can arise from strained or overworked muscles, poor posture, or a previous injury. Chronic neck pain may also be a sign of a more serious health condition, which is why it's important to see a medical professional as soon as possible to evaluate your discomfort. At Tricity Pain Associates, our highly trained team of specialists can provide a thorough assessment of your pain and discuss different therapies and noninvasive treatments that are available to help manage your symptoms. We offer locations all throughout the state of Texas and have served thousands of patients suffering from dull to severe neck pain.
Neck Pain Reviews
"i am so thankful for Dr. Epstein and his amazing staff for helping me with my shoulder/neck pain. I have had 3/4 injections and what a relief. Getting out of pain that I've been in for a year is amazing. I was at the point that I thought I'd just have to live with it, but it's 90% better (with 1 more treatment to go). I can't recommend them enough. As a side note, I saw another group/dr before and they only did the injections under anesthesia; which is something I did not want to do (personal preference). The anesthesia, to me is/was say worse than the fast injection. I am so glad this was an option for me - fast & pretty much just a little pressure & a pinch (easier than a dental appointment) :)"- V.D. / Google / Aug 15, 2020
"I’m glad that I found dr vasseready ive had 4 lower back surgery and 1 thoracic surgery all 5 surgery didn’t help had 4 other pain dr dr vasseready is my 5 and last dr V with pa kagen and monis are the best dr V has taken care of my lower back pain now we are thoracic and neck pain dr V has given me some life back I’m cutting straight to it DR V Is the best catering dr that there is he cares bout his patients he goes above and beyond DR V is the best there is"- D.D. / Google / Jan 16, 2019
"I am a dance instructor, hit with a severe bulging herniated disk. After spending 9 days in the hospital, 2 weeks in an in-house rehab facility, living on pain medications that were very addictive, walking with a walker, feeling lost in the medical maze of what to do...? While in the hospital a radiologist did injections to minimize the pain, that turned into a horrible nightmare. After being sent home to work with my personal Dr. for further instructions, he sent me to Dr. V. Dr. V. saw all of my medical records, MRI, plus hearing my story of being shuffled through the medical maze and living with such horrifying pain, started my injections within 4 hours. I cannot believe the differences in my pain, with medication, that is for inflammation rather than, major medicines that are addictive. Within 2 days, I was walking with a cane. After a few days, the cane is only used for uneven surfaces. Making great progress with physical therapy, now that the pain is under control. Thanks to Dr. V. taking the time to assure me to trust him, that he was going to make me whole. His patience and care is like no other in the medical field in my opinion. Tomorrow my husband, who has been dealing with his own back and neck pain, will be blessed to see Dr. V. in hopes that he will find relief also. This has been a true learning experience of being led through darkness, then into the light. The hospital should have5 called in someone like Dr. V. the 1st day, rather than allowing me to suffer such horrific pain for 4 weeks. This is the 21st century, not the dark ages."- C.S. / Google / Jan 16, 2020
"I've been Dr. VASEREADYs patient long ago. He's a true professional with excellent bedside manner. I now visited him because of severe sciatica pain and neck pain. I'm certain he'll help me again to become a functional individual again."- H.G. / Google / Sep 20, 2022
"Dr. Bengali has been helping to heal my back and neck pain after a car accident I was in. He is great at listening to you before making any suggestions as far as treatments and even medications go and does not push them on you, like most doctors. I knew I was in the right hands when I mentioned not wanting surgery and he assured me theres many thinfs to heal my pain withOUT it. Recommend to anyone in pain!"- B.R. / Google / Sep 24, 2017
Symptoms of Neck Pain
The most common signs and symptoms of neck discomfort often include:
- Muscle tightness or stiff neck
- Muscles spasms, numbness, or tingling
- The inability to rotate or move your head naturally
- Severe headaches or migraines
These concerns will vary from person to person and may be chronic in nature or arise suddenly for short periods at a time.
About Acute & Chronic Neck Pain
Acute Neck Pain
The most common and best understood type of pain is acute pain. Acute pain will result when tissue is injured by trauma, surgery, illness, or infection. This type of pain is generally understood and expected. It is typically sharp, shooting, aching, or burning, and it decreases as the tissue heals and the body recovers. This is pain that is "talking to you" and telling you that something is wrong.
The sudden onset of pain in the neck can occur after an injury or may appear without a known problem. If the pain is only in the tissues around the spine and does not radiate into the shoulders, arms, or hand, it is less likely to involve pressure on the nerve roots. If the pain is radiating into the limb, then this is more likely to involve pressure on the nerve. The etiology could be a strain or tearing of the supporting tissues with intense muscle spasm, a herniation of the disc between the vertebrae, or a fracture of the bony structure of the spine. Initial care will include rest, pain medications, muscle relaxants, and possibly epidural steroid injections, with trigger point injections for muscle spasms. The early use of physical therapy is important in many cases.
Chronic Neck Pain
When a particular pain outlasts the normal healing process, it is categorized as chronic pain. Chronic pain symptoms can be caused by a variety of abnormalities in the nervous system. It can be complex, and it is often disabling. Chronic pain can greatly affect a person’s work, personal relationships, and self-esteem. The determination of a specific and accurate diagnosis is mandatory for proper treatment.
Chronic neck pain is pain experienced longer than 3 to 6 months and might result from the same sources as noted in acute neck pain. However, many times the pain may originate from an injury to the nerve tissues from chronic degeneration of the spine or may continue after surgery. Appropriate evaluation might reveal the pain source, and allow specific treatment. The anatomical reasons for pain need to be differentiated from the pain caused by nerve injury which is also known as neuropathic pain.
Causes of Neck Pain
The cervical region or upper portion of the spine is made up of small bones known as vertebrae that line the back of the neck from the skull down to the shoulders. Between each vertebra are discs that help absorb shock between the bones. If there is any misalignment of these bones or a damaged disc (also known as a slipped disc), then mild to severe pain generally follows. Discomfort in the neck may also be caused by injury to the muscles and ligaments in the neck that occurred during contact sports, a bad fall, or whiplash from a car accident. Typically, neck pain is not a cause for serious concern and can be easily eased with medication or other therapies. However, in some cases, neck pain may be caused by osteoarthritis, which is the deterioration of the underlying cartilage and bone. If you are experiencing ongoing neck pain, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our team at Tricity Pain Associates.
Treatments for Neck Pain
In most cases, neck pain will resolve on its own within a few days. If you have been experiencing severe discomfort in your neck for more than a week, you should schedule an appointment with our team to learn about all of your options. Our medical professionals are highly trained in pain management and can assess your condition to discover the best therapy for you. Common treatments for neck pain are steroid injections, physical therapy, nerve stimulation, neck collars, heat and cold therapy, and medication. During your initial appointment, we can make recommendations on which treatments may help bring the most improvement for your condition.
Get the right help
Our body is more vulnerable to chronic conditions as we age. Find a trusted physician for pain treatment at Tricity Pain Associates to provide you with the right solution for your neck pain woes. Thousands of individuals in Texas alone are plagued by chronic pain. Here at Tricity Pain Associates, we are committed to helping you discover the most appropriate treatments for your condition to bring the relief you need.