Neck Pain

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Board Certified Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, SC and Asheville and Gastonia, NC

Most people experience a sore or stiff neck from time to time, but neck pain lasting longer than a week may indicate a serious problem. The Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain is the largest and one of the first pain management clinics in North and South Carolina. With six locations to choose from, it’s easy to find neck pain treatment near you. Call or book an appointment online today to find effective relief from your neck pain.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Your cervical spine begins just beneath your skull and ends immediately above your thoracic (upper) spine. It supports your head, which weighs about 15 pounds, and is one of the most mobile regions of your spine. Seven vertebrae protect your spinal cord in this area, and your neck also contains nerves and a limited amount of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

While this complex anatomy makes it incredibly strong and flexible, your neck is also susceptible to inflammation, injury, and stiffness that can lead to pain.

What causes neck pain?

You can experience neck pain for a variety of reasons, especially muscle tension and strain. This type of neck pain usually occurs due to poor posture, sleeping in an improper position, sitting at your desk for extended periods of time, or from a sudden and forceful movement of the head.

Additional causes of neck pain include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Injuries like whiplash (sudden snapping of the neck)
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cervical disc degeneration due to osteoarthritis or spondylosis

In some cases, neck pain is a symptom of a medical emergency like a heart attack or meningitis. It can also indicate spinal cancer, tumors, infections, or abscesses.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To identify the source of your neck pain, your skilled doctor at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain performs a full physical examination and reviews your medical history. Based on your symptoms, they might recommend additional on-site testing like X-rays, MRIs, or electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies.

How is neck pain treated?

Based on the results of your tests and the severity of your symptoms, your doctor might recommend a variety of pain management techniques, such as:

  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Physical therapy, exercise, and stretching
  • Pain medications, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxants
  • Corticosteroid injections or nerve blocks

The Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain also offers transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). This innovative therapy delivers small electrical currents to specific areas of your body to relieve pain.

To find out how the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can relieve your neck pain, call or book an appointment online.