Are you experiencing neck pain or headaches that seem to radiate from the back of your head? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from this type of pain, which can be caused by inflammation or irritation of the muscles in the back of the neck. But don’t worry, there are solutions that can help you find relief!
Determining the cause of your neck pain
When it comes to neck pain and headaches, Dr. Berg starts with a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of the problem. This often includes a detailed history of the patient’s symptoms and a physical exam. From there, he may recommend non-operative treatments such as physical therapy or injections into the occipital nerves.
Physical therapy for neck pain
Physical therapy is a common first step for neck pain, as it can help improve mobility and reduce pain without surgery. A skilled physical therapist can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include exercises to stretch and strengthen your neck muscles as well as techniques to improve posture and reduce stress on your neck.
Injections for neck pain
In some cases, injections into the occipital nerves may be recommended. These nerves are located at the base of the skull and can become inflamed or irritated, causing pain that radiates into the back of the head and neck. An injection of a local anesthetic and steroid medication can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief.
MRI and CT scan for neck pain
If non-operative treatments do not provide sufficient relief, Dr. Berg may recommend further imaging studies such as an MRI or CT scan to look for any operative pathology. This could include a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or other conditions that require surgical intervention.
When surgical treatment is necessary, Dr. Berg uses the least invasive techniques possible to minimize pain and promote a quicker recovery. He is skilled in a range of procedures, including spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement.
The path to a pain-free life
With his expertise in nonoperative and operative treatments, Dr. Berg can help you find the right solution for your unique situation. Whether it’s physical therapy, injections, or surgery, he will work with you every step of the way to ensure the best possible outcome. So don’t let neck pain hold you back from the things you love—contact our office today to schedule an evaluation and get on the path to a pain-free life.