Prime Regenerative and Pain Management
Pain Management & Alternative Medicine located in Fredericksburg, VA
Having pain in your neck is one of the most common health problems you can experience, but it can also be disabling and excruciating. Dev Sen, MD, of Prime Regenerative and Pain Management, serving the Stafford, Fredericksburg, and King George areas of Virginia, is a specialist in chronic pain and physical medicine and has the expertise and experience to diagnose the cause of your neck pain and treat it successfully. Call the clinic today to make an appointment, or book using the online tool.
Neck Pain Q & A
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain is usually due to damage of the bones or soft tissues in the neck and can be caused by:
- Muscle strains or spasms
- Overstretched muscles
- Whiplash injuries
- Disc herniation and radicular pain
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Cervical facet joint arthropathy
- Cervical spondylosis
- Compressed nerves
- Bone spurs
- Muscle tension caused by stress
- Rheumatoid arthritis
In some cases, neck pain develops as a result of a health problem that needs medical attention, such as cancer or meningitis, so if you have a painful neck, it’s important to get a professional medical diagnosis.
How is the cause of neck pain diagnosed?
When you visit Dr. Sen, he always reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms with you. He then carries out a physical exam to check for the precise source of the pain, and look for signs of muscle weakness or numbness. He also asks you to move your neck around, to see if you have any restrictions.
Following his initial exam, Dr. Sen may ask for further diagnostic testing to get a clear picture of the internal structures of your neck. He may order X-rays, fluoroscopy, a CT scan, or an MRI scan, and Dr. Sen is also an expert in the use of electromyography (EMG), which tests nerve function. EMG testing can identify nerves that aren’t functioning properly because they are pinched or damaged and could, therefore, be causing neck pain.
How should I look after my neck?
Looking after your neck is just as important as taking care of the rest of your back. Many cases of neck pain are due to avoidable causes such as:
- Carrying heavy loads, particularly on one shoulder
- Poor posture, e.g., slouching and slumping
- Straining your neck by holding it in an unnatural position for too long
- Sleeping with your head at an unnatural angle
Learning about correct posture and how to handle lifting and carrying tasks, safely, make a significant contribution to avoiding many instances of neck pain.
What treatments are available for neck pain?
When your neck starts hurting, you may well reach for painkilling and anti-inflammatory medications. These can help with the initial pain, but won’t affect what’s causing the pain. To ensure you get the most effective treatment that resolves underlying issues, visit Dr. Sen for an assessment.
Dr. Sen has a carefully selected range of treatment options available for his patients, including:
- Physical therapy
- Medical management
- Epidural Injections
- Facet joint injections
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Stem cell injections
- Stellate ganglion blocks
Using a combination of established therapies and cutting edge treatments such as regenerative medicine, Dr. Sen can find the most effective solutions for your neck pain. Call Prime Regenerative and Pain Management today, or book an appointment online.