Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck Pain services offered in Sarasota, FL

Nearly everyone strains their neck at least once, and when that happens, there’s a 50-50 chance that your pain will turn into a long-lasting problem. If your neck pain doesn’t improve, don’t wait to seek help from Peter Fernandez, MD, and Amanda Fernandez, DPT, MPH, CSCS, at Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, in Sarasota, Florida. They have years of experience creating personalized treatment plans that alleviate neck pain, restore movement, and let you return to enjoying life. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Your neck (cervical spine) is vulnerable to injuries, whether from repetitive movement, sports injuries, or whiplash. Whiplash occurs when any activity, such as a car accident, a direct hit during sports, or a roller coaster ride, forces your neck into a rapid back-and-forth movement.

Your neck can also develop chronic, degenerative conditions, such as:

  • Spinal arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Pinched nerves (cervical radiculopathy)

Many people end up with neck pain when they spend too much time with their heads bent while using electronics.

What symptoms accompany neck pain?

In addition to making it hard to move your neck, you may experience headaches, dizziness, and shoulder pain. Many people develop pain and tingling in their arm and hand, a problem that occurs when your neck condition pinches a nerve. A seriously damaged nerve may cause weakness in your arm and hand, making it hard to pick up or hold items.

How is neck pain treated?

Before treating your neck pain, your Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, provider completes a thorough exam and obtains diagnostic imaging if needed to determine the root cause of your pain.

Your customized treatment plan begins with medications and physical therapy. Physical therapy incorporates numerous modalities to ease your pain and improve neck strength, including exercise, electrical stimulation, and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).

The next level of treatment for chronic, moderate, or severe pain begins with interventional therapies, such as:

  • Nerve blocks (use anesthetics to stop nerves from sending pain signals to the brain)
  • Spinal cord stimulation (uses an electrical impulse to stop pain messages)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (creates a wound that blocks nerves from transmitting signals)
  • Epidural steroid injections (reduces inflamed spinal nerves)
  • Trigger point injections (relax muscle knots)

Your provider uses real-time X-ray imaging during interventional procedures, ensuring they treat precisely targeted nerves.

Before or after interventional therapy, your provider may recommend regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections.

When PRP is injected at the site of damaged neck tissues, the platelets may trigger healing activities and reduce inflammation. Stem cells may also regulate inflammation and perform their natural role of rebuilding new tissues. 

If you have questions about neck pain treatments or need to schedule an appointment, call Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, or request an appointment online today.