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There is a reason we hear the phrase “that’s a pain in the neck.” Neck pain can be debilitating and is commonly associated with a dull ache. The good news is that neck pain is treatable. If you’re seeking help for pain management, please contact Integrated Pain Consultants’ three offices to schedule a detailed evaluation – (480) 626-2552, or book your appointment online today.
A common cause of neck pain, this is most frequently felt like a stiff neck. Cervical degenerative disc disease is much less common than disc degeneration in the lumbar spine because the neck generally is subjected to far less torque and force.
Cervical facet joint arthritis or arthropathy is a common cause of neck pain and discomfort due to degeneration and arthritis of this part of the vertebrae. This condition causes pain in the neck that does not radiate into the arms. Spondylosis, which is an umbrella term, describes symptoms related to degenerative changes in the spine and is not considered a medical diagnosis. The term Spondylosis is often used in place of facet joint arthritis, or facet arthropathy.
Bulging discs, which typically surface in the lower back, occur when a weakened or deteriorated disc swells through a crevice in the spine, extending outside of its normal area. This condition happens when a disc shifts out of its normal position, usually slowly and over an extended period. As the disc moves, its inner, liquid-like nucleus begins to balloon toward the weakest point in its hard outer casing, causing pain and general discomfort.
Cervical spinal stenosis results in stiffness, pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or legs. Patients with this condition experience balance and coordination problems, such as shuffling or tripping while walking. Cervical spinal stenosis can be crippling if the spinal cord is damaged. Patients can also experience loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence).
This pain condition results when a nerve in the neck where it leaves the spinal canal is irritated. This condition usually occurs when a nerve root is being pinched by a herniated disc or a bone spur and causes pain to shoot or radiate into the shoulder or hand.
Pain experts believe Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals to the brain. Injecting Botox along this path stops pain before they hit the nerve endings in your head and neck.
Treatments for migraines include:
If you are suffering from acute or chronic neck pain and need help, please contact Integrated Pain Consultants to schedule an evaluation with our team of pain specialists. With three offices open in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona, learn why we are voted “Top Doc” by Phoenix Magazine and read reviews left by other patients of our offices. Learn more about pain conditions, pain treatment, and please schedule your appointment by calling (480) 626-2552 or book your appointment online today.