We don’t realize how heavily we rely on our necks for everyday movements until we experience neck pain and immobility. Suddenly, even the smallest tasks such as reaching a high shelf or turning your head to check for oncoming traffic can seem excruciating.
For many people, acute neck pain in the cervical region of the spine will go away on its own with rest, physical therapy, and medication. However, chronic neck pain due to conditions like a pinched nerve, whiplash, or fibromyalgia may require a more targeted therapy such as nerve block treatment.
A nerve block treatment for neck pain may help to relieve:
- Stiffness and reduced range of motion in the neck
- Chronic headaches
- Tingling in the shoulders and arms
- Weakness in the upper extremities
- Muscle spasms in the neck
How a Nerve Block in the Neck Works
A cervical nerve block may be used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. A nerve block is performed by injecting a local anesthetic around a group of sympathetic nerves in the neck. The injection is guided by the use of a special X-ray called a fluoroscope to ensure accuracy and precision. The solution that is injected is usually a combination of an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid.
If the nerve block successfully eliminates or diminishes pain, your doctor may recommend repeating the nerve block injection about every other week. Local anesthetic and a calming sedative are usually all that is required for a nerve block in the neck. General anesthesia is not necessary and you can return home shortly after the procedure.
Neck Pain Treatment in Florida and Texas
Living with neck pain can affect everything you do, from working to exercising, to socializing. At Physician Partners of America, we know that it can feel as if your life has been put on hold when you’re struggling with neck pain and nothing is more frustrating than trying treatment after treatment without success.
We offer a comprehensive range of minimally invasive pain relief therapies including cervical sympathetic nerve blocks for patients in Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This type of targeted pain relief therapy has helped many patients get their lives back and may prevent the need for an invasive neck surgery. Our expert team of pain management doctors and medical professionals has extensive experience performing cervical nerve blocks.
Find out if a nerve block for neck pain is the right treatment option for you by scheduling an appointment at one of our pain relief clinics. We offer convenient locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Euless, Grapevine, Hurst, and Irving.