Neck pain can be related to tight muscles, degenerative changes in your spine, nerve compression, or a combination of factors. Dr. Liphard D’Souza is a board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist who leads the team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma in Tulsa. He can determine the cause of your neck pain and create a treatment strategy that helps resolve your symptoms and gets you moving pain-free without surgery. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. D’Souza or book your visit online.
Neck (cervical) pain can be due to a single issue or a combination of underlying problems. For instance, your pain may be due to muscular strain caused by holding your head at certain angles as you work at a desk job.
Arthritic changes in the cervical spine that cause wearing of the bones and joints in the spine can also lead to neck pain. This pain can cause you to hold your neck in an awkward position to relieve the discomfort, which may result in muscular strain.
Age-related changes in your cervical spine can also cause narrowing of the canal through which your nerves travel. As the spinal canal narrows, it compresses or “pinches” and irritates the cervical nerves, which can lead to pain in your neck that may travel into your shoulders and arms.
Depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms, you may notice:
Nerve compression can also cause numbness, weakness, tingling, and burning discomfort into your shoulders and arms that you may not associate with a neck issue. Often, the type of pain you’re experiencing, and its location can help narrow down the cause of your symptoms.
Dr. D’Souza performs a thorough physical exam that includes a careful review of your symptoms and diagnostic studies such as X-rays to identify problems in your cervical spine. If he suspects nerve dysfunction, Dr. D’Souza may recommend electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction tests to measure the health of your nerves.
Dr. D’Souza then develops a treatment plan that’s tailored to fit your circumstances. He may recommend physical therapy, ergonomic tools and stretches while working at your desk, and combined electrochemical therapy to decrease nerve pain and dysfunction. This innovative therapy offers a significant reduction in nerve symptoms for 87% of patients.
For expert solutions to your neck pain, schedule a visit with Dr. D’Souza today. Call the office or book your appointment online.