Strains, sprains, and whiplash are among the most common causes of neck pain, but if your pain persists long after you heal, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Dr. Olayinka Adepitan of PainMD Associates is a dual board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who expertly treats patients for neck pain in Plano, Texas and the surrounding communities. Dr. Adepitan takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to alleviating painful symptoms and improving the quality of your daily life. Call for an appointment or schedule online to get relief.
The cervical spine is the part of your spine in your neck. It supports your head and communicates between your brain and nerves throughout your body. If any of these nerve pathways become irritated, it can cause pain in your neck that radiates to your shoulder, head, arms, or hands. If your cervical spinal cord is irritated, you may even feel pain in your legs.
Chronic neck pain that persists for more than three months may be a sign of a cervical disc problem or an issue with one of the facet joints in your neck. Common causes include:
If you experience neck pain regularly and making adjustments to your pillows, posture, or desk chair don’t help, you may benefit from an interventional pain management treatment plan.
Dr. Adepitan takes a personal, holistic approach to diagnosing and treating the underlying causes of your neck pain. She aims to provide short-term and long-term relief from symptoms so you can enjoy a better quality of life.
If you experience neck pain as a result of wear-and-tear or poor posture, you can make some lifestyle changes to help alleviate discomfort. These changes may include:
Making small adjustments may help relieve pressure on your cervical spine and the areas that are causing pain. But if you still experience pain on a daily basis, you may benefit from an expert diagnosis and a customized treatment plan like the ones Dr. Adepitan prescribes, based on your individual condition.
As with other spinal pain and conditions, treatment for neck pain depends on the underlying cause. When Dr. Adepitan determines the cause of your chronic pain, she prescribes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment protocol that may involve a combination of conventional medical therapies as well as alternative methods of pain relief like acupuncture or massage.
Additionally, your treatment plan may include physical therapy, minimally invasive spine injections, or short-term immobilization to allow your neck time to heal.
To learn more about treatment options, call the office or schedule an appointment online.