Neck Pain

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH -  - Pain Management

Pain Treatment Institute

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH

Pain Management located in Plano, TX & Sherman, TX

Neck pain can be debilitating and prevent you from completing simple everyday tasks. At Pain Treatment Institute in Plano and Sherman, Texas, board-certified provider Sameer Syed, MD, MPH, and his pain management team use innovative neck pain treatments to ease discomfort and restore your quality of life. Call Pain Treatment Institute to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Your neck is a coordinated network of muscles, nerves, bones, and joints controlled by your brain and spinal cord. Because the neck is such a complex structure, it’s a common area for pain to occur. Symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Headaches
  • Radiating pain
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Sharp pain
  • General soreness
  • Muscle spasms or tightness
  • Pain that worsens when driving or working at a computer

Neck pain can range from a mild nuisance to extreme pain. It might occur in one spot and may often go away within a few days or weeks with the right treatment. Chronic, or long-lasting, neck pain can spread to other areas of your body — such as your back, head, and shoulders.

What causes neck pain?

The cause of neck pain isn’t always entirely clear but can result from the following factors.

  • Muscle strains
  • Poor posture
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Worn joints or osteoarthritis
  • Nerve compression
  • Automobile accidents and whiplash
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Meningitis
  • Cancer

Because your neck supports your head and is flexible, it’s often vulnerable to injuries. Sometimes neck pain goes away over time or with at-home treatments.

In other instances, professional help from Dr. Syed is necessary to restore your neck’s function and ease pain.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

During your appointment at the Pain Treatment Institute, Dr. Syed meets with you to discuss your medical history and symptoms. He also completes a thorough physical exam to diagnose neck pain and its cause. Dr. Syed might recommend blood or imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.

If he suspects you have a pinched nerve, Dr. Syed may suggest electromyography (EMG), which involves inserting fine needles into muscles to measure nerve conduction speed.

What is the treatment for neck pain?

Dr. Syed discusses neck pain treatment options with you to find one you’re comfortable with.

Injections

Dr. Syed inserts fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided injections at strategic points in your neck as an effective way to ease pain, enhance healing, and restore your quality of life.

TENS

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses electrical impulses to ease pain.

Medications

Dr. Syed may also suggest medication management with oral medications or topical pain relief creams.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies for neck pain relief include ice or heat therapy, wearing a neck brace, massage therapy, or physical therapy.

Surgery

In severe cases, surgery might be necessary to restore neck function and ease pain long term, but Dr. Syed recommends the least invasive treatments first.

Don’t let neck pain drag you down. Call Pain Treatment Institute to book an appointment today or use the online scheduling tool.