Neck Pain Specialist

AZ Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management located in Deer Valley, Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, Mesa, AZ

Consider this: Your neck is responsible for supporting your head, which can weigh up to 15 pounds, and possesses an incredible range of motion. Given all its responsibilities, it’s no wonder that neck pain can have a debilitating effect on your life. At AZ Pain Solutions in Deer Valley, Phoenix, the pain management specialists have extensive experience successfully treating neck ailments. If you’re hampered by neck pain, call or book an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is the anatomy of the neck?

In order to better understand neck pain, it’s helpful to review the different components that make up your neck, specifically:

  • Your cervical spine, which is comprised of seven vertebrae
  • Discs
  • Joints
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Nerves

In an ideal world, all of these components work together seamlessly, supporting and allowing movement of your head. In the real world, however, there are any number of things that can cause a breakdown in your neck’s ability to function properly.

What causes neck pain?

There are two main causes of neck pain:

Injury

The most common neck injury is whiplash, which describes the whipping motion of your head back and forth, putting enormous strain on every component in your neck. Other injuries include overextending your neck or twisting it beyond its limits.

Nerve compression

Nerve compression is a broad diagnosis that encompasses an array of conditions, including:

  • Degenerative joint disease, or arthritis
  • Stenosis
  • Ruptured or herniated cervical discs
  • Slipped discs

The end result of these conditions or diseases is irritation of the nerves in your neck, which can cause localized pain, or radiating pain, which can extend to your arms, back, and shoulders.

How is neck pain treated?

The first step in treating your neck pain is to diagnose the underlying problem, as each condition may respond better to one treatment over another. To do this, the doctors at AZ Pain Solutions perform a thorough examination of your neck and review your symptoms. Advanced imaging, such as X-rays or MRIs, plays a critical role in pinpointing your problem.

With the diagnosis in hand, the pain specialists can hone in on the best treatment option for your individual case. This may include:

  • Epidural injections to numb the pain and reduce the swelling
  • Facet injections, which the doctors deliver directly to the joint space in your cervical spine
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to create lesions on your nerves and block the pain sensations
  • Manipulation under anesthesia to loosen adhesions and scar tissue around your cervical joints
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Trigger point injections

Whatever the treatment, rest assured that the pain management specialists at AZ Pain Solutions work exhaustively to relieve your pain.

If you’re experiencing chronic neck pain, call AZ Pain Solutions or use the online booking tool to schedule a visit.