Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists
Damon Christian Kimes, MD
Interventional Pain Management & Weight Loss Physician located in Roswell, GA & Decatur, GA
Your neck is responsible for carrying the weight of your entire head, so it’s no wonder it’s susceptible to injury. If you regularly experience a sore or stiff neck, make an appointment with interventional pain management physician Damon Kimes, MD, and the team at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists. They specialize in the safe, effective treatment of all types of musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain. Request your consultation by calling the office in Roswell, Georgia, or using the online booking tool today.
Neck Pain Q & A
What is neck pain?
Neck pain is any pain, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Your cervical spine features a complex network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and vertebrae. Any damage or irritation to these structures–including whiplash, poor posture, or sleeping in an awkward position–may contribute to neck pain.
Usually, neck pain isn’t a serious concern. However, if your neck pain causes numbness or loss of strength in your hands or arms, it’s vital to make an appointment with the team at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists right away.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
The symptoms of neck pain vary depending on the source and severity of your discomfort. That said, telltale signs include:
- Muscle tightness
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased ability to move your head
- Neck stiffness
If you regularly suffer from neck pain, you’re also more likely to develop headaches.
What are some common causes of neck pain?
Your neck is sturdy and incredibly flexible, but it isn’t invincible. Some common problems associated with neck pain include:
- Muscle strains
- Nerve compression
- Sports-related injuries
- Automobile accidents
- Worn joints
You’re also more likely to experience neck pain if you’re living with a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or meningitis.
How is neck pain diagnosed?
To diagnose neck pain, your Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists provider reviews your medical history and does a physical exam. They also ask you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Your doctor might also ask you to perform a series of in-office exercises, such as turning your head from side-to-side and moving your head forward and backward. If necessary, your doctor might also order a set of X-rays.
How is neck pain treated?
The team at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists treats neck pain using conservative, integrative methods of care. Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend eating a healthier diet, exercising more regularly, or changing your posture. You might also benefit from massage therapy, physical therapy, or chiropractic adjustments.
If these methods of care don’t provide significant relief, your doctor might recommend regenerative medicine treatment with PRP, or steroid and facet joint injections. Corticosteroid injections can ease inflammation and swelling, promoting healthier circulation.
To learn more about your treatment options for neck pain, make an appointment at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists. Get started by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.