Can Injections Help My Neck Pain?

The many delicate pieces that give your neck flexibility and a full range of motion, while still supporting the full weight of your head, are prone to degeneration and pain. Neck pain is the second-most common complaint in adult patients with chronic pain.

At South Texas Spinal Clinic, our team of expert orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists provide neck pain relief to patients from throughout the San Antonio and South Texas area. Among the treatments and therapies we offer for neck pain patients are multiple types of injection therapy. Here’s what you need to know about using injections to treat neck pain.

Learning more about your neck pain

Many types of physical issues can lead to neck pain. Your provider at South Texas Spinal Clinic assesses each of the seven cervical vertebrae that make up your neck, as well as the discs, muscles, and ligaments that support your vertebrae.

For some patients, neck pain is related to stress, or is the result of awkward positioning while working, sleeping, or reading. You could also have neck pain as a result of an injury.

The discs that space your cervical vertebrae are another common cause of neck pain due to degenerative disc breakdown or a herniated disc.

How injections could help

The South Texas Spinal Clinic typically recommends conservative initial treatment for neck pain problems, starting with rest and anti-inflammatory medications to manage discomfort. However, if your symptoms aren’t satisfactorily resolved in this way, you should know that you have lots of other treatment options, including injections for pain and inflammation relief.

We use injections to treat your spinal pain after other nonsurgical options haven’t provided enough relief, but before considering surgery to treat your neck pain problem. We often combine injection therapy with physical therapy or other treatment modalities. 

With injection therapies, we can directly target the area responsible for your neck pain. Injections for neck or back pain work in several ways, including delivering medication that reduces inflammation and pain, and blocking activity in the nerves that communicate your neck pain to your brain.

Types of injection treatment

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the information revealed in your diagnostic exam, you may benefit from muscle and joint injections or a cervical epidural steroid injection. With diagnostic imaging, we can pinpoint the underlying cause of your stubborn neck pain and design the right treatment plan for you. 

Injection therapies can provide relief within hours, or you might need a few weeks to experience your best results, depending on the type of treatment used. You may need to rest for a time after your injection treatment. Your provider at South Texas Spinal Clinic reviews the details of your treatment plan with you once you’ve received your diagnosis.

To schedule an initial consultation appointment with the neck pain experts at South Texas Spinal Clinic, get in touch now. You can go online to book, or give us a call today to set up your appointment with a member of our experienced care team.

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