Neck Pain

Neck Pain Specialist

Neck pain affects at least 20% of Americans over the age of 20. It grows more common with age, and most older adults have experienced neck pain at least once. Occasional minor neck pain usually fades quickly, but continual disruptive neck pain is another matter entirely. At Texas Neuro Spine, Sebastian Villarreal, MD, and George Galvan, MD, offer innovative minimally invasive neck pain solutions to restore neck function and relieve pain. There are three offices in San Antonio and one in Kerrville, Texas, so call the one nearest you or book an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain can stem from:

  • Arthritis in cervical facet joints
  • Degenerative changes in the cervical spine (degenerative disc disease)
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Nerve compression
  • Cervical fracture
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Disc damage, such as a herniated cervical disc
  • Tumor in the cervical spine
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Infection, such as meningitis
  • Poor posture
  • Traumatic injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle strains

In many cases, neck pain occurs because of a cervical spine problem. There are also a number of other reasons neck pain occurs.

The skilled diagnosticians and spine treatment experts at Texas Neuro Spine can find the source of your neck pain and then design an ideal pain relief plan for you.

What other symptoms occur with neck pain?

Neck pain very often comes with other symptoms including:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Poor neck range-of-motion
  • Shooting pain that moves down your arm
  • Tingling in your arm or hand
  • Numbness in your arm or hand
  • Arm and hand weakness

Other less-common symptoms may happen at the same time as neck pain, such as ringing in your ears (tinnitus).

Neck pain is already very difficult, but when paired with other symptoms, it can make it impossible to function normally. Texas Neuro Spine has effective solutions for neck pain, no matter how severe.

How do you treat neck pain?

In some cases, mild-to-moderate neck pain can improve with conservative treatments like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and immobilization. Corticosteroid and anesthetic injections may ease neck pain for a few weeks at a time.

With serious neck pain that doesn’t respond to conservative solutions, Texas Neuro Spine may recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure to implant a spinal cord stimulator or intrathecal pain pump that manages your pain long-term.

For intractable neck pain that involves nerve, disc, vertebrae, or other kinds of damage, minimally invasive spine surgery could be the best permanent remedy. During surgery, your Texas Neuro Spine doctor makes tiny incisions to access the damaged tissue.

They can remove tissue that’s causing problems, reinforce weak parts of your cervical spine, ease nerve pressure, or expertly correct other kinds of structural issues. This approach leads to far less blood loss, pain, and downtime than older surgical methods.

For a neck pain solution, look no further than the experts at Texas Neuro Spine. They’re dedicated to bringing you lasting relief, so call the office nearest you or set your appointment up online.


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