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Neck Pain Specialist

Advanced Pain Management

Ravi Panjabi, MD

Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in Castro Valley, CA, Fremont, CA & San Ramon, CA

Neck pain is a common problem that affects 14% of adults. But if your pain worsens, persists despite conservative care, or the pain radiates down your arm, it’s time to meet with Ravi Panjabi, MD, at Advanced Pain Management. Dr. Panjabi specializes in advanced interventional and regenerative treatments that can significantly relieve your pain and help you get back to enjoying daily life. If you have questions about neck pain or need to schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Castro Valley, Fremont, or San Ramon, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Neck Pain

What causes neck pain?

You can injure your neck during athletic activities, as well as common daily activities. For example, poor posture and bending your head to use your smartphone or computer often lead to painful muscle strains and ligament sprains.

A whiplash injury from an auto accident or a sports injury can do more than affect the soft tissues. You could also end up with damaged vertebrae or nerves after a severe whiplash.

Degenerative changes that develop in the spine cause conditions such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Slipped discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis

 

The conditions in this list often cause neck pain as they compress the nerves. For example, a herniated or slipped disc can push nerves against the bony spinal canal or the openings that let nerves travel between the spinal cord and your body. 

What additional symptoms accompany neck pain?

If you have neck pain, chances are you also have a stiff neck and limited movement. The problems responsible for neck pain can also cause minor-to-severe headaches.

When the condition in your neck results in a pinched nerve, it’s common to have symptoms that travel the length of the nerve. As a result you may experience pain, tingling, and numbness that travel down your arm and into your hands.

In severe cases, compressed nerves cause numbness or muscle weakness. You may develop a weak grip or have trouble with coordination.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment for neck pain begins with the most conservative therapies that are appropriate for the underlying cause. You may need to immobilize your neck, perform gentle exercises to relax the muscles, or take anti-inflammatory medications.

When you have ongoing neck pain, your provider at Advanced Pain Management can help with interventional and regenerative treatments, such as:

  • Epidural injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • PRP injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Stellate ganglion blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency nerve ablation

Your provider also offers medication management. They may recommend minimally invasive procedures to repair the structures in your neck. For example, they have extensive experience repairing herniated discs using cervical nucleoplasty.

If you need to find relief from neck pain, call Advanced Pain Management or book an appointment online today.