Neck and Shoulder Pain – Causes and Treatments

15 Aug Neck and Shoulder Pain – Causes and Treatments

Neck Pain

Neck pain can be the result of degenerative disease (such as arthritis), herniated discs, pinched nerves, injury or trauma or poor posture or abnormalities in the joints or bone.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a joint with a wide range of motion. That makes it highly susceptible to injury. Shoulder pain can be caused due to overexertion, injury, instability, dislocation, pinched nerves and more. Shoulder pain could also be caused due to a pinched nerve in the neck. In this case, the pain would radiate from the neck to the shoulders, maybe even radiate down the arms.

Diagnosis

The condition underlying neck and shoulder pain can be diagnosed by pain doctors using X-rays, MRI, CT scans and electrodiagnostics studies.

Treatment

To treat neck and shoulder pain, a variety of treatment options may be used, sometimes in conjunction with each other, depending upon the diagnosis and severity of pain. Treatment options include –

  • Anti-inflammatory medication, such as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Steroid injections (to relieve pain and inflammation)
  • Nerve blocks (in case of pinched nerves)
  • Facet Blocks (in case of painful facet joints)
  • Epidural injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation and Radiofrequency Ablation (for pain that does not respond to conservative treatments and injections or nerve blocks)
  • Shoulder Joint Injections

To learn more or to see the top pain management doctors in Gilbert, AZ, call Desert Interventional Spine Consultants (DISC) at 480-838-1914. Pain management doctors at East Valley Pain Center are committed to providing the highest quality spine care with cutting edge interventional pain treatments and precise diagnostic tests.

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