Neck Pain Specialist

Ihab Labatia, MD -  - Board Certified Pain Management Physician

Hillcrest Pain and Spine

Ihab Labatia, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Lexington, KY

SOFT INTRO (50-100 words): Regardless of what’s causing neck pain, it can feel debilitating and make simple, everyday tasks feel unbearable. At Hillcrest Pain and Spine in Lexington, Kentucky, board-certified pain management physician Ihab Labatia, MD, and his exceptional team offer a variety of neck pain treatments to relieve your discomfort. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your neck joints, which are joints that connect your head to the rest of your body. 

Neck pain might feel like:

  • Sharp or shooting pain
  • Dull, aching discomfort
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Pain with driving
  • Discomfort when working at a computer
  • Muscle tightness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms

Your neck pain might be mild, moderate, or severe and debilitating. If the discomfort is severe or ongoing, see Hillcrest Pain and Spine specialists for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for neck pain?

Common causes and risk factors linked with neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Muscle tension
  • Worn joints
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Other injuries
  • Cancer

You might have neck pain after a sports injury, car accident, improper twisting of the neck joint, trauma, or falling.

Ways to reduce the risk of neck pain include maintaining good posture, taking frequent breaks from driving or working at a computer, sleeping in a comfortable position, not smoking, and not carrying heavy bags on your shoulder.

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of neck pain?

To find the root cause of neck pain and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Labatia discusses your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical examination, assessing your neck joint and its range of motion. Dr. Labatia may recommend you complete blood tests, nerve testing, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.

How is neck pain treated?

Common treatments for neck pain include:

Home remedies

Home remedies that can ease neck pain include stretching, exercises, ice, rest, and wearing a neck brace.

Medications

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medicine can reduce symptoms linked with neck problems, including pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

Physical therapy

Stretches and exercises strengthen tissues in and surrounding your neck to alleviate pain and lower the risk of future injuries.

Injections

Steroid, trigger point, and other types of noninvasive injections can relieve neck discomfort. 

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to heat nerves and reduce pain signals to your brain.

Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation uses a device implanted beneath your skin to send electrical impulses to your spinal cord for pain relief.

Surgery

Surgery can relieve spinal cord or nerve root compression to reduce neck pain and restore the joint’s structure and function. 

To learn more about neck pain treatments available at Hillcrest Pain and Spine, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.