Up to 50% of adults experience persistent neck pain each year. If you can no longer manage neck pain on your own, explore treatment options at the office of Thomas Synek, MD. As an interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Synek offers comprehensive treatment plans for chronic neck pain that stems from arthritis, herniated discs, and other conditions that affect your spine health. He specializes in treatments like regenerative medicine therapies and ultrasound-guided steroid injections to help you find long-lasting neck pain relief. Call the office in Spring, Texas, to schedule an appointment, or book a consultation online today.

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What causes neck pain?

Acute neck pain can come from poor posture, stress, and other activities that strain the muscles that support your upper (cervical) spine.

When your neck pain becomes chronic, it may be due to injuries or degenerative diseases that affect your spine’s health. Common causes of chronic neck pain include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You may also experience chronic neck pain after an auto accident if you have whiplash. This condition results from a violent back-and-forth movement of your head during impact.

When should I seek treatment for neck pain?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for persistent neck pain that lasts longer than two weeks. You should also contact the office of Thomas Synek, MD, if you have neck pain that worsens even with home care and rest.

Dr. Synek uses on-site diagnostic technologies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays to get a closer look at the inner structures of your cervical spine. He also tests your neck’s flexibility and range of motion during a physical exam.

Based on your test results, Dr. Synek personalizes a pain management plan that addresses the root cause of your pain. Treatments focus on improving your quality of life and reducing the likelihood that you’ll need surgery.

How is neck pain treated?

Your treatment plan for neck pain depends on its underlying cause. Initially, medications, rest, and ice or heat therapy can reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. Dr. Synek can also use ultrasound-guided injections, X-ray-guided injections, or steroid injections if oral medications aren’t working for you.

Referrals for physical therapy and aquatic therapy are available at the office of Thomas Synek, MD, to strengthen the muscles in your cervical spine.

If you have soft tissue damage in your upper spine, Dr. Synek may recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Injections of PRP stimulate your body to heal itself from the inside out by triggering the production of new, healthy cells.

To find long-lasting solutions for chronic neck pain, call the office of Thomas Synek, MD, to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.