Neck Pain

Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

On any day, about 10-20% of adults suffer from neck pain that’s often severe enough to stop them from enjoying daily activities. The medical team at Brain & Spine Specialists has extensive experience developing customized treatments that include interventional pain management. To learn how they can help you find relief from your neck pain, schedule an appointment online or call one of the two Panama City, Florida, locations.

Neck Pain Q&A

What causes neck pain?

The seven small vertebrae that make up your neck serve two primary responsibilities: They support your head and accommodate a full range of movement. Years of repeated head movements combined with stress from carrying the weight of your head make your neck highly susceptible to injuries and degenerative disease.

The most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Whiplash
  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Disc degeneration
  • Cervical stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

While soft tissue damage alone causes neck pain, most of these conditions compress the nerves, which leads to significant pain and other symptoms.

What other symptoms might accompany my neck pain?

When your neck pain involves a pinched nerve, you may develop symptoms along the affected nerve. In many cases, this means that you experience pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates through your shoulders and down one or both arms.

Whether or not nerves are compressed, neck pain also limits your head movement and often causes headaches. If your neck pain is due to whiplash, you may develop symptoms such as dizziness, blurry vision, ringing in the ears, and memory problems.

How is neck pain treated?

As experts in interventional pain management, the team at Brain & Spine Specialists offer techniques that alleviate your neck pain when other medical therapies fail to help.

Interventional treatments directly target the source of your pain. They may block nerve signals that tell your brain you’re in pain, reduce inflammation, or both.

The following are two examples of interventional options often used to treat neck pain:

Cervical epidural steroid injection

Using fluoroscopic imaging to guide the needle’s placement, your doctor at Brain & Spine Specialists inserts a needle into the epidural space next to the spinal cord and injects steroids at the pinched or damaged nerves. As the medication spreads through the epidural space near the nerve, it can treat several nerve roots, alleviating neck and arm pain.

Epidural injections may also contain a local anesthetic. The anesthetic delivers quick but short-lived relief, while the steroid reduces inflammation to provide longer-lasting pain relief.

Cervical facet block

The facet joints that connect the vertebrae are similar to other joints in your body. They contain cartilage that can break down over years of wear-and-tear, cause arthritic changes, and lead to bone spurs that pinch nearby nerves. A facet block relieves neck pain by injecting steroids and a local anesthetic at the damaged facet joint.

To learn more about treatment options for neck pain, call Brain & Spine Specialists or book an appointment online.