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Neck Pain

Halina Snowball, MD -  - Pain Management

Integrated Pain Solutions

Halina Snowball, MD

Pain Management located in Stamford, CT

Neck pain might be due to muscle tension brought on by stress and screen time, or deeper tissue damage in your upper spine. If you're experiencing ongoing neck pain, Halina Snowball, MD, of Integrated Pain Solutions in Stamford, Connecticut, is an expert in providing effective treatments for neck pain. Dr. Snowball is a pain management specialist who uses the most advanced, nonsurgical treatment methods to relieve neck pain, including regenerative medicine techniques. Call Integrated Pain Solutions today to find out more or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why do I have neck pain?

Neck pain occurs when there's damage to the bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or nerves in your neck. Some common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Herniated cervical discs
  • Overstretched muscles
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle tension due to chronic stress
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You can wake up with neck pain after sleeping in an odd position or injure your neck from turning or twisting awkwardly.

If you use a computer or spend long periods of time looking down at a phone or tablet, you might develop what's known as "tech neck" from being in a position that irritates or strains the structures in your neck.

Physical therapy is a vital part of any recovery plan, providing a way to help injuries heal while keeping tissues and joints supple and flexible. At Integrated Pain Solutions in Stamford, Connecticut, Halina Snowball, MD, provides a range of physical therapies to help patients overcome health challenges and live with long-term issues like chronic pain. Call the office today to find out more or schedule a consultation online.

How is the cause of my neck pain diagnosed?

Dr. Snowball conducts a physical exam to look at the structures of your neck and assess how your neck pain is affecting your range of motion. She also reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms with you.

To confirm a diagnosis or help rule out other possible causes, you might need to undergo some diagnostic tests. These might be X-rays, a CT (computed tomography) scan, or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.

If Dr. Snowball suspects your neck pain might be due to a nerve problem, she might want you to undergo electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests.

How is neck pain treated?

Mild neck pain might wear off with rest and the use of pain-killing medications. If your neck pain is more severe or self-care doesn't help, Dr. Snowball provides a range of treatments that might include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Trigger point injections
  • Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT┬«)

Integrated Pain Solutions provides yoga sessions using Zoom video conferencing technology.

You might also benefit from regenerative medicine techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell injections. Based on your individual needs, regenerative medicine could be helpful in boosting the healing process and creating new, healthy tissue.

If your neck pain is due to migraines or other chronic types of headaches, Dr. Snowball might recommend Botox® medical injections to reduce the intensity of your pain.

Find out more about how to get the relief you need from disabling neck pain by calling Integrated Pain Solutions today or booking an appointment online.