Neck Pain

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The causes of neck pain can come from multiple sources. In many cases, the causes of neck pain can be muscle-related conditions, compression of nerves, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, pain after surgery, and others. At MVM Health, our highly trained specialists focus on identifying your neck pain’s primary and secondary causes. After precise identification of your pain source, our specialist recommends treatment options that provide maximum relief with minimum risk.


Neck Pain Symptoms

If your neck is in pain, you know it. Still, additional symptoms can help pinpoint the root cause of the discomfort and help in its treatment. The most common neck pain symptoms include:

  • Pain in the middle or either side of the neck
  • Radiating pain to the shoulders or upper chest
  • Pain or weakness in your arms
  • Tension headaches 
  • Restricted movement of the head
  • numbness or tingling
  • Clicking or grinding noise
  • Dizziness
  • Muscles spasms
  • Fainting/Losing Consciousness
Man with his hand on his neck due to Neck Pain

Pain, Stiffness & Weakness

Depending on the cause, neck pain can radiate to other parts of the body. In some cases, neck conditions can affect the chest, shoulders, and arms. You may feel tingling sensations, discomfort, restriction of movement, and even pain in your head.

Neck pain can also come on suddenly or over time. Sudden pain can be the result of trauma to the area or inflammatory conditions such as polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) or whiplash. ​​Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip, and is a common condition after rear-end car accidents, sports accidents, physical abuse, and other types of traumas, such as a fall.

Alternatively, small discomfort may gradually become a major nuisance causing daily struggles to operate normally. Osteoarthritis of the Spine is a common condition that gradually becomes worse over time. Management of pain and discomfort through physical therapy, medication, and direct intervention can provide lasting relief.

Numbness or Tingling

Most people have felt numbness and tingling throughout their bodies at some point. Commonly, a nerve can become pinched as the muscles, bones, or other tissues surrounding the nerve apply too much pressure. In most cases, tingling is not life-threatening and the problem will resolve itself. However, when tingling is persistent & chronic, it can be a symptom of more severe conditions that need medical intervention.

Clicking & Grinding

Clicking and grinding as you move your head is called crepitus and is caused by air bubbles being released or tissue and bones moving over each other. It is similar to the sound one hears when at the chiropractor. In most cases, these sounds are natural and may happen regularly as your body moves. However, when caused by trauma or if the sounds are getting worse, an MVM specialist should be consulted.

Dizziness & Losing Consciousness

Feeling dizzy when turning your head may be due to a pinched artery along your spine. If vertebrae in your spine have shifted, it can cause areas of pressure that cause a reduction in blood flow, leading to dizziness and potentially loss of consciousness. It goes without saying that even if there is no pain involved, losing consciousness is a sign to see an MVM Health specialist right away.

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms, or muscle cramps, are when a muscle or group of muscles involuntarily and forcibly contract uncontrollably and cannot relax. When it occurs in your neck or spine, it can be especially painful and make it difficult to move. Most spasms last only a few minutes and can be soothed with stretching and applying heat to the area.

Muscle spasms can occur for a variety of reasons from insufficient nutrients to debilitating disorders. When cramps last longer than a few minutes or are recurring, it is time to consult a medical professional. In severe cases, a spasm can last hours or even days.

Treatments for Neck Pain

Neck pain treatments will vary depending on the specific condition and severity.  With many years of experience, our team of physicians can recommend the treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. At MVM Health, we treat multiple neck conditions.

Depending on the cause & severity of the condition, your doctor may recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:

Neuromodulation Treatments

Neuromodulation treatments are a modern pain solution that interacts directly with your nervous system through wireless signals. As a solution for pain medications, this process involves placing a wire micro receiver into affected areas of the back. The receiver will be sent transmitting waves from an external device where you can control the strength and duration of the process through an easy-to-use monitoring device. This puts pain relief in the palm of your hands. Examples of this treatment include Wireless Peripheral Nerve Stimulation and Spinal Cord Stimulation.

Interventional Pain Procedures

A range of interventional procedures for pain can be useful in patients with chronic pain who have not achieved adequate relief with conservative treatments. Most procedures for pain relief involve injecting a local anesthetic or radiofrequency transmitter for instant and long-lasting relief such as:

  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Selective Nerve Root Block (SNRB) in the Cervical Spine
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Cervical Facets
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Thoracic Facets
  • Medial Branch Block

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally invasive procedures allow patients to receive care and return home with minimal restrictions. MVM Health physicians continue to lead the industry in modern techniques that allow proven pain relief methods to be applied with little to no recovery time. Some of the services for neck and back pain include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) in the Cervical Spine
  • PRP Therapy for Whiplash

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine infusions have had great success in treating treatment-resistant chronic pain and depression. During treatment, a ketamine solution is administered intravenously during a 1-2 hour appointment. This treatment option is often a secondary treatment option when other traditional treatments have proven unsuccessful. Talk to our specialist to see if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.

Neck Pain at MVM Health

All of the physicians at MVM Health – Pain, Vein & Wellness are committed to providing treatment options to help grant patients the opportunity at achieving a greater quality of life. We maintain a patient-centered approach and treat every patient like they are a family or friend. With our wide variety of pain management and regenerative therapies, living pain-free is simply one call away. Call (570) 445-2200 to schedule your appointment and find neck and back pain relief today.

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Cervical Facet Joint Syndrome

This is a problem with the facet joints of the cervical spine. They are the joints found where one vertebra connects to another. Facet joints support your spine, while allowing it to bend and twist. With this syndrome, these joints become stiff and painful in the upper part of your spine.

Cervical Radiculopathy

This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the cervical spinal column.

Herniated Disc

Between the vertebrae of your spine are soft discs. They let your spine twist and bend. They absorb shocks. But if damaged, the disc’s soft center can push through the disc wall. That’s a herniated disc. This bulge presses against nerves in your spine.

Osteoarthritis of the Spine

If you have back or neck pain that doesn’t go away, you may have osteoarthritis of the spine. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. For many of us, it develops slowly as we age. And it can keep you from being as active as you like.

Spinal Stenosis

Your spinal nerves travel through your spinal canal and exit through openings we call “foramen.” If any of these spaces are too narrow, your nerves become compressed. We say you have “spinal stenosis.” It’s a problem that most often happens in the neck and lower back.


This is a common neck injury. It happens when your neck jerks back and forth quickly and violently. Your spine bends past its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae of your cervical spine. It can damage the supporting ligaments and muscles in your neck.

Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) in the Cervical Spine

This injection treats the pain of an inflamed nerve in your cervical spine. It relieves nerve swelling. If you have a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or some other problem that’s pressing on a nerve, it may help you.

Facet Joint Injections

The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.

Medial Branch Block

This is an injection of numbing medicine. It bathes the medial branch nerves, which attach to the facet joints of your spine. These nerves hurt when facet joints are injured or diseased. The injection helps find the source of your pain. And it may relieve your pain for a brief time.

Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Cervical Facets

This procedure uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your neck. It eases pain that isn’t helped by medications or physical therapy.

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