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Neck Pain can results from various underlying pathologies, some serious and some benign. Causes may include injury or trauma, chronic wear and tear and infection. The anatomy of the neck includes seven cervical vertebrae separated by intervertebral disks, eight cervical nerves as well as cartilage and ligaments.
A diagnosis is established through a careful history and physical examination, often in conjunction with imaging studies including x-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Diagnoses include myofascial pain, torticollis, cervical spondylosis, cervical myelopathy and facet arthropathy.
Treatment depends on the underlying diagnosis. Many symptoms can be relieved by conservative treatments such as hot or cold packs, over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy. However, persistent and painful conditions may require interventional pain management techniques performed by specialty spine physicians. Some cases may necessitate surgery. If your neck pain has been bothering you and doesn’t seem to go away, please call us to schedule an appointment.
Back pain is one of the most common causes of doctor visits in the United States and the most common cause of disability. Acute back pain in short lived and usually resolves on its own. Chronic back pain is defined as lasting greater than several months and may necessitate intervention.
The anatomy of the back is a complex combination of vertebral bodies, intervertebral disks, muscles, ligaments, cartilage and joints. The complex anatomic structures can confound the diagnosis. A careful interview and physical examination by a specialty physician coupled with diagnostic studies is the initial protocol in establishing a diagnosis. Studies include imaging with x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans and electro diagnostic modalities such as EMG.
One of the common sources of back pain is the facet joint. Another common source is a bulging or herniated intervertebral disk. The disk may impinge or leak irritating substance around a nerve root, causing shooting pain down the leg. This is commonly referred to as sciatica. Treatment depends on the diagnosis and may involve targeted injections performed by specialty trained spine physicians. Let us help you diagnose and manage your chronic back pain.