An estimated 1 in 3 Americans experiences persistent neck pain at least once a year. If your pain is limiting what you can do, you can find nonsurgical solutions at Bluffs Pain Management. Andrew Huff, MD, specializes in minimally invasive treatments like nerve blocks, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and facet joint injections to reduce pain and inflammation in your cervical spine to free you from chronic neck pain. To learn more about neck pain relief options, call the Council Bluffs, Iowa, pain management office today or book a consultation online.
Neck pain can result from ordinary activities you do in your everyday life. Your neck pain may come from underlying injuries or degenerative diseases that affect your cervical (upper) spine.
Acute neck pain may develop when you sit for long periods of time without a break, spend too much time hunching over your computer, or have poor posture. This type of pain generally lasts for less than six weeks.
Chronic neck pain generally lasts six months or longer and develops because of severe injuries to the cervical spine or from degenerative conditions like:
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Bluffs Pain Management if your neck pain isn’t getting better despite rest and over-the-counter medications. You also need a consultation if you have neck pain that worsens even with home care.
To determine what’s causing your neck pain, Dr. Huff reviews your personal and family medical history and your symptoms. He physically examines your neck, testing the flexibility and range of motion you have in your cervical spine.
X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests can help Dr. Huff identify issues like inflammation, bone spurs, and degenerative changes that contribute to your pain.
Based on the results of your diagnostic testing, Dr. Huff can create a pain management plan to improve the health and function of your neck and keep you pain-free.
If over-the-counter medications aren’t working well to relieve your pain, you may need prescription anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.
Dr. Huff specializes in injection therapies that deliver the medications directly into the cervical joints or epidural space of your spine. He also offers nerve blocks and trigger point injections to treat neck pain.
Bluffs Pain Management also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat neck pain. This approach uses PRP, which contains a high concentration of growth factors. The growth factors stimulate your natural healing response, so your body produces new, healthy cells to replace damaged ones.
Physical therapy helps you heal more efficiently from injuries and can slow down the progression of degenerative conditions like arthritis. You learn exercises that strengthen the muscles in your neck and relieve pressure on nerves surrounding your cervical spine.
To find out more about the conservative treatment options available for persistent neck pain, call Bluffs Pain Management to schedule a consultation, or book one online today.