By the time most people show up at a pain specialist’s office they have been stretched and bended and cracked and kneaded. Their backstory goes like this. They notice neck pain and schedule as appointment with their general practitioner who prescribes a course of pain medications and an exercise routine. He or she returns to their GP because they are still in pain and they are sent to a doctor who examines them and then recommends physical therapy. When that brings about no relief, he or she may have been sent to a chiropractor where manipulation temporarily brings relief, no change or even a worsening of your pain. None of the various doctors were wrong, but they jumped the gun. The first thing that needs to be done is a complete exam to find the underlying cause of your pain.
After the Examination
Depending what is causing your neck pain treatment at a Jacksonville pain clinic can take various forms, including treatments for the following issues:
- Cervical radiculopathy which can be brought on by degenerative disc disease, one or more herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
- There are several injections that can cause a decrease or even complete cessation of your pain. These include steroids and joint and nerve blocks.
- Another option that could be suggested is an implanted stimulator which helps block pain.
One of the options available to a pain specialist is discography. In that way he or she can determine if your neck pain is being caused by a disc issue.
How Do You Choose the Right Pain Management Specialist?
If you live in the Jacksonville, FL, area you do not have to choose a single specialist because there are several them practicing at Riverside Pain Physicians. Each and everyone of them have practiced for many years to be able to provide you with the most pain free life.