While occasional neck pain is usually nothing to worry about, chronic neck pain and limited range of motion may be a warning sign of something more serious. At Performance Pain and Sports Medicine, with offices in, Lawrenceville, and Raritan, New Jersey; and in Houston, Texas, the board-certified team of pain management specialists offers several solutions to relieve your pain. They customize treatments using regenerative therapies, joint injections, and spinal decompression procedures to improve your long-term neck health. Call the location nearest you today to schedule a neck pain evaluation.
Neck pain can be the result of an acute injury, muscle strains, or an underlying degenerative condition. When you have a muscle strain or other acute injury, you may find that your pain resolves with home care and rest within a few days.
However, if you have recurrent neck pain or pain that persists even with treatment, you may have a more serious condition like:
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the breakdown of your spinal joints. Damaged joints in your cervical (upper) spine can pinch nerves in your neck that leads to persistent pain and limited range of motion.
Whiplash is a type of neck injury that results when your head moves forcefully back and forth, often during an auto accident or other type of high-impact event.
Within your spine are protective, gel-filled discs that sit between the vertebrae of your spine and absorb the shocks of your movements.
When damaged, the center of the disc can push outward and press on surrounding nerves, causing inflammation and pain in your neck that also radiates down into your arms.
Stingers (also known as burners) are injuries that affect the brachial plexus, a system of nerves that provide sensations to your shoulder, arm, and hand.
Stingers often result from a contact sport that causes overstretching in your neck and shoulder muscles and pressure on your nerves that lead to loss of sensation in your arm on one side of your body.
You shouldn’t delay a medical evaluation for neck pain if it lasts longer than six weeks and isn’t getting better with rest and over-the-counter medications.
You should also schedule an appointment with the Performance Pain and Sports Medicine team if your neck pain is severe enough to interfere with your usual activities and your quality of life.
If over-the-counter or prescription medications aren’t enough to relieve chronic neck pain and improve your range of motion, the team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine customizes a treatment plan based on your condition that focuses on nonsurgical therapies.
Treatment may include regenerative therapies using stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). These natural substances are already in your blood and stimulate your body’s production of new, healthy cells. These new cells replace damaged discs and vertebrae in your cervical spine to relieve pain and improve neck mobility.
The team also uses AmnioFix®, a regenerative injection therapy that uses cells from an amniotic membrane to repair soft tissue tears in a procedure known as PURION® Process.
Other available options for chronic neck pain relief include:
Endoscopic spinal procedures are also available. These minimally invasive surgeries require only small incisions to repair or remove damaged discs, bone, or soft tissue in your cervical spine.
To find out which treatment is right for your chronic neck pain, call to schedule an evaluation today. Count on your doctor at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine to take the time to go over your situation with you in determining the most accurate diagnosis.