Specialist Neck Pain Treatment
A stiff upper lip is not the answer for chronic neck pain – let Hertfordshire Pain Consultants give you real relief for your individual condition.
While most of us have experienced neck pain for short periods of time due to sports injury, ‘sleeping funny’ or poor posture, we understand that chronic neck pain puts sufferers in the position of struggling to do ordinary everyday activities and can be highly stressful to cope with. In some cases it prevents people from even being able to turn their head, making actions like driving hazardous if not impossible.
Common Conditions Causing Chronic Neck Pain
The medical term for your neck is the cervical spine – this area is key since it houses the spinal cord which sends messages from the brain to control your body. The neck area includes the bones and joints of the cervical spine, the discs that separate the cervical vertebrae (to absorb shock as you move) plus muscles and ligaments. Typically, severe neck pain can be caused by degeneration of one or more of these areas, a spasm of the neck muscles or inflammation of the neck joints.
These are some common conditions which result in patients suffering chronic neck pain:
- Degenerative Disc Disease – when a spinal disc is damaged, it presses painfully on the surrounding nerves.
- Osteoarthritis (Facet Joint Arthritis) – the joint between two vertebrae in your spine becomes swollen and painful.
- Pinched Nerve (Cervical Radiculopathy) – a nerve root leaving the cervical spine on its way down your arm becomes squashed or pinched, causing loss of sensation and pain.
- Whiplash – the neck is injured by a sudden movement of the head, usually a common result of a car accident.
Treatment for Chronic Neck Pain
If you’ve been experiencing severe neck pain for a month with no improvement or are finding that normal over the counter pain killers have no effect, you’re strongly advised to visit a neck pain specialist – we will get to the root of the problem and formulate a comprehensive, tailored pain relief program to reduce your suffering and significantly improve your quality of life. In fact the sooner you get help the better your long term prognosis, because if left untreated neck degeneration tends to worsen.
Depending on the severity of your condition, treatments range from physiotherapy and prescribed medications to injections and surgery. To give you an idea of the range of options we have in our arsenal to provide you with effective neck pain relief, here is a list of typical treatments:
- Prescribed Medications
- Prescribed Medications
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Cervical Radiofrequency Denervation
- Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)
- Facet Joint Injection
- Nerve Root Injection
Rather than detailing complex medical procedures here, our Pain Management Clinic approach rests on getting to know patients thoroughly and discussing with them in person the neck pain treatment program that is best suited to their needs.
Please feel free to Contact our team of experts to discuss your individual condition – we are dedicated to providing effective neck pain relief to help you resume living life to the fullest.
Dr Johann Emmanuel – Consultant In Pain Medicine
Bsc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA, FFPMANZCA, FFPMRCA
Speciality : Pain Medicine
Year Qualified : 1999