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Cervical Pain

Advanced Pain Solutions -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists Located in Grand Rapids and Ionia, MI

Cervical pain or neck pain is one of the most common causes of disability, affecting 10-20% of all adults in America. When you struggle with neck pain, you get the help you need from the specialists at Advanced Pain Solutions in Ionia, Michigan. Serving the greater West Michigan area, the specialists at Advanced Pain Solutions have extensive experience diagnosing the cause of your pain and using the latest advances in pain treatment to relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life. If you need pain relief, schedule an appointment online, or call the office today.

Cervical Pain Q & A


What causes cervical pain?

Your cervical spine or neck consists of seven small vertebrae. The first two vertebrae form the connection with your head, and they’re specially designed to create head movement. The entire neck must support the weight of your head.

As you get older, daily wear and tear lead to degenerative problems such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint arthropathy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Pinched nerves causing pain to arms

Also, sprains and strains are often responsible for cervical pain, as ligaments and muscles are stressed during sports and whiplash accidents or due to poor posture. Neck strains frequently develop from spending too much time bending your head down while using electronics.

 

What symptoms develop, in addition to cervical pain?

Knotted muscles, headaches, and limited movement often accompany neck pain. Pinched nerves cause pain and tingling that may radiate down your arm. In some cases, compressed nerves result in arm weakness and numbness.

 

How is cervical pain treated?

Advanced Pain Solutions uses numerous treatments for cervical or neck pain, from pain-relieving medications to advanced interventional options. These are a few examples of the treatments frequently in use:

Facet joint nerve block

A facet joint nerve block is an injection to treat facet joint arthropathy. The injection contains an anesthetic and, in some cases, another medication such as steroids to reduce inflammation. Your provider uses real-time X-ray imaging to precisely inject the medication at the nerve transmitting pain signals. The anesthetic blocks the nerve signals, effectively diminishing your pain.

Facet joint radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is another treatment option for facet joint arthropathy. This treatment is similar to an injection because the radiofrequency energy is delivered through long, needle-like electrodes.

After the needle is in place, radiofrequency energy causes a small wound on the targeted nerve. The wound then stops pain signals from going through the nerve.

Epidural steroid injection

When injected into the epidural space of your cervical spine, steroids reduce nerve inflammation. As a result, you get relief from pain-causing conditions such as cervical radiculopathy (nerve damage), spinal stenosis (narrowed spinal canal), and other degenerative neck problems.

Cold laser treatment

When the cause of your cervical problem is soft tissue damage, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, cold laser treatment alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing.

To get relief from cervical pain, contact Advanced Pain Solutions today. Call or connect online.