Are you experiencing chronic or persistent neck pain? We can help!
Causes of neck issues include trauma, degeneration, dislocation, tumor, fracture or even infection. The discs, nerve roots, bones, soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, bursa, and ligaments can also cause notable neck discomfort.
Zygapophysial, or facet joints, have been identified as the primary source of chronic neck pain in up to 67% of sufferers. (source: International Association for the Study of Pain). These facet joints have ample nerve supply with pain receptors causing sharp and dull constant pains in the neck, shoulders, base of the skull, and upper arms.
The facet joints can cause significant neck pain on the right side, left side, or in the middle. They can also cause headache, shoulder pain and other upper extremity discomfort.
Your treatment plan is based on our many years of experience diagnosing neck pain with such tools as x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans and nerve conduction studies. Treatment methods include NSAIDs, antidepressant medications, anticonvulsants, opiates, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. Other important treatment options can include stretching, being fitted with and wearing a neck brace, gravity inversion, manipulation therapy, and injection therapy. If those treatment options do not work as expected, the last resort to be considered is spinal surgery.