If chronic neck pain is interfering with your favorite activities or making it difficult to work, you need the help of an experienced physician like Victor E. Mendoza, MD. At Vulcan Pain Management in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Mendoza offers advanced technologies, including CT scans, to identify the cause of your persistent neck pain. He also can provide a number of pain management options, including steroid injections, to improve your quality of life, even if you don’t have insurance coverage. Call the office or book online to learn more about neck-pain treatment options.
Neck pain can be the result of several factors, including poor posture, muscle strains, and traumatic injuries. You can also develop chronic neck pain as a result of an underlying medical condition, such as osteoarthritis.
In addition to a persistent pain in your neck, you could experience a worsening of pain when you move your head in certain directions. You could also experience:
If neck pain doesn’t resolve with treatment at home, or your pain worsens or spreads into your arms or legs, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Mendoza.
Because your neck is responsible for supporting your head, it bears a lot of weight and is susceptible to pain from wear and tear. Neck pain could be the result of:
Your day-to-day activities, such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time, talking on the phone, or having poor posture, can also contribute to frequent episodes of neck pain.
Dr. Mendoza reviews your medical history and asks you to describe your usual activities. He performs a physical exam to check for limited range of motion in your neck muscles and to identify specific areas of your neck that are tender or painful.
To get a better view of your neck muscles and vertebrae, Dr. Mendoza can request imaging tests, including X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. If Dr. Mendoza suspects that inflammation or infection could be the cause of your neck pain, he might also order blood work.
To strengthen the muscles in your neck and alleviate pain, Dr. Mendoza can recommend starting with physical therapy. He can also suggest the temporary use of a neck brace to take the pressure off of your nerves and give your muscles time to rest.
If you need help managing chronic neck pain, Dr. Mendoza can prescribe muscle relaxers or pain relievers. He can also administer steroid injections to reduce inflammation and relieve nerve pain.
You don’t have to limit your activities due to chronic neck pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mendoza online or by phone.