Around 30% of adults in the United States have neck pain, half of whom live with chronic neck pain or will experience neck pain on more than one occasion. And two-thirds of all adults will have neck pain that limits their activities at some point in their lifetime. Pain management specialist Ana Maria Platon, MD, at The Pain Specialist in Stockbridge, Georgia, helps patients manage neck pain and prevent injury in the future. She can do the same for you. Make an appointment today over the phone or through the website.
Several symptoms are associated with neck pain. They vary depending on the issue, but most people experience:
Dr. Platon is an expert in pain management and can treat all symptoms.
Your neck area is vulnerable. It supports the weight of your head and absorbs shocks to the spine. Because of this, many things can cause neck pain, including:
Neck pain is a symptom of some chronic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also a watch out for life-endangering diseases like meningitis or cancer.
Digital neck strain has become one of the most common causes of muscle strain in recent years. Working at a computer or using a mobile phone for a prolonged period puts stress on the neck muscles.
Car collisions can cause a condition called whiplash. This is where the head jerks forward and then backward with force, straining the tissues and muscles in the neck. High-impact sports can have the same effect.
Your neck joints wear down with age. Other age-related conditions, like osteoarthritis, can cause the cartilage between the neck bones to disintegrate.
You have nerves that branch out from the spinal cord. Herniated discs and bone spurs can press down on these, causing shooting pains.
Dr. Platon asks questions to understand what happened in the build-up to your neck pain starting. She does this to get a better idea of what caused the pain initially and what the ongoing issue might be.
Epidural Steroid Injections help ease neck pain by reducing inflammation. The epidural area is a “sleeve” surrounding the spinal sac that cushions the nerves and spinal cord. Using X-ray to guide her, Dr. Platon inserts a needle into the epidural space and injects a steroid. It helps break the cycle of pain and inflammation, allowing the body to recuperate.
It takes between one to seven days to feel the full effects of the steroids. Dr. Platon uses epidural steroid injections when other treatments, like oral anti-inflammatories, fail to work.
When you partner with The Pain Specialist, you receive expert support and care every step of your pain management journey. Call today to make an appointment, or book online.