Neck Pain Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Damage to any bones, ligaments, discs, or muscles that support your neck can lead to varying degrees of neck pain. If you suffer from severe neck pain or pain that’s lasted more than a few days, then it’s time to make an appointment at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists, with locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois. The practice offers a number of safe and effective treatments to relieve your pain. To schedule your appointment, call or book online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why do I have neck pain?

A number of different conditions can result in neck pain. The symptoms of neck pain range from mild to severe and can make it difficult to move your head side-to-side. 

In most cases, the cause of neck pain is strained neck muscles due to issues like poor posture, sleeping in the wrong position, or improper lifting. 

Some additional causes of neck pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Injuries (like whiplash)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerves
  • Fibromyalgia

Neck pain is rarely the result of a serious condition. Everyday activities that strain the muscles in your neck are usually to blame. Symptoms like muscle spasms or muscle tightness often accompany neck pain. 

You can also develop neuropathy (nerve damage), which can cause additional symptoms like tingling and numbness. 

If you suffer from neck pain, the specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine can determine the underlying cause and the best way to relieve your symptoms. If you experience severe neck pain or pain that spreads down your arms or legs, you should seek immediate medical attention. 

How is neck pain diagnosed?

Your doctor begins your diagnosis with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. During the physical exam, your doctor checks for stiffness, tenderness, and muscle weakness, and checks how well you can move your head from side to side. 

In some cases, your doctor may perform imaging tests like an X-ray, CT scan, or
MRI to get a good look at the structure of your neck and spine.

After evaluating your health, your doctor works with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for your condition.  

What treatments are available for neck pain?

Treatment for your neck pain may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Traction
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Your doctor might also use a soft collar to keep your neck temporarily immobilized. Short-term immobilization can help relieve pressure from the structures that support your neck. 

If your neck pain is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative care, your doctor may recommend surgery. Doctors typically reserve surgery for spinal problems like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. 

The pain management specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine commit themselves to find the right treatment for you. To speak with a doctor about neck pain, book your appointment by phone or online today.