Neck Pain

Expert Care Center

Gazelle Aram, MD

Pain Management located in Delray Beach, FL

Neck pain and reduced mobility in your neck can make life very difficult, as even everyday tasks like washing and dressing can present quite a challenge. Gazelle Aram, MD, at Expert Care Center in Delray Beach, Florida, is a pain specialist who offers a wide range of effective treatments, including the most advanced therapies currently available to restore your mobility and relieve your neck pain. If you’re suffering from pain in your neck, call Expert Care Center or use online booking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aram today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is often due to injuries or damage affecting one or more of the cervical vertebrae, spinal discs, tendons, ligaments, or muscles in your neck.

Muscle strains and muscle tension caused by chronic stress are common sources of neck pain, but your discomfort could also be due to the deterioration of the tissues and bones in your neck that comes with age.

Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Herniated discs
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Neck pain is most often due to these acute and degenerative musculoskeletal conditions, but in some cases, neck pain may be due to other causes, such as cancer or meningitis to name a few. Although these are less likely causes of neck pain, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from Dr. Aram and her team for the best pain management.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

When you come to Expert Care Center, Dr. Aram goes over your medical history and current symptoms with you, then carries out a physical exam. She can tell a great deal from her examination of your neck, and seeing both how you respond to stimuli and the way you move your head gives her a good idea of what’s likely the cause of your neck pain.

After the physical exam, Dr. Aram orders diagnostic tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI so she can view the internal structures of your neck and confirm the cause of your pain. Diagnostic imaging also helps Dr. Aram determine the extent of any damage or degeneration, and whether the problem is affecting any other tissues.

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Aram begins by using conservative treatments, as most patients with neck pain find these therapies are highly effective in resolving their condition. Options include:

  • Pain-killing medications
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Heat treatments
  • Ice or cold therapies
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Stretching exercises
  • Neck brace or a soft collar
  • Manipulation therapies
  • Pilates or yoga

If conservative treatment options aren’t producing good results for you, Dr. Aram also has a number of advanced treatments for neck pain, including:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Selective nerve root block
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation of pain nerves
  • Regenerative medicine techniques

If you’re suffering from neck pain, get the right treatment before it gets any worse by calling Expert Care Center or booking an appointment online today.