Raviinder S. Parmar, MD
Pain Management Physician located in St Petersburg, FL
You may experience neck pain due to an injury or a disorder of the spine, and pain in the neck can affect your daily function and overall quality of life. At Alleviate Pain in Pinellas Park, Florida, Dr. Raviinder S. Parmar can help determine the cause of your neck pain and treat the symptoms so you find lasting relief. Call Alleviate Pain or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today so you can restore your neck to a pain-free state.
Neck Pain Q & A
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
If your neck hurts when you try to move it through a full range of motion, it’s a clear sign of neck pain. You may feel dull aching when just sitting still, too. Headache, shoulder pain, and arm or hand numbness may also indicate problems with your neck.
What are the causes of neck pain?
You’re at risk of developing neck pain if you participate regularly in contact sports or been in an automobile accident. If you can’t pinpoint a specific accident or incident responsible for your neck pain, it may be due to a disorder, disease, or degenerative condition. Reasons why you may suffer from chronic neck pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease that affects the cervical spine
- A herniated cervical disc
- Pinched nerves
- Poor posture or sleeping positions
How is neck pain treated?
Dr. Parmar usually suggests moderate treatments, such as physical therapy or heat and cold applications, as the first steps in treatment. But when these treatments don’t work, he offers injections and radiofrequency ablation to ease your pain symptoms.
What types of injections treat neck pain?
Dr. Parmar uses a variety of injections to treat neck pain.
Epidural steroid injections
Epidural steroid injections alleviate pain caused by pinched or compressed nerves in the cervical spine as a result of herniated discs, narrowing of the spinal canal, or arthritis.
Facet injections address the small joints that are located at the backside of your neck. You may experience pain in the facet joints due to arthritis or overuse. The injections administer a numbing medication to the joint to relieve pain. They also involve a time-released cortisone medication that reduces inflammation for the long term.
Trigger point injections
Trigger point injections send an anesthetic into bundles of tight muscles that are causing your neck pain in order to relieve your pain.
What is radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation involves using pulsed radio waves to relieve pain in the nerves surrounding your cervical spine. During this treatment, Dr. Parmar inserts small needles into the areas of pain and delivers energy through them. This minimally invasive treatment can provide greater and longer-lasting relief than steroid injections.
If you have neck pain that interferes with your range of motion and quality of life, call Alleviate Pain or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.