Neck Pain

Palmetto Spine and Pain Care Consultants

Interventional Spine and Pain Physicians located in Myrtle Beach, SC

Occasional neck pain affects both children and adults from time to time, but neck pain that doesn’t go away may be a sign of a more serious spinal condition. Dr. Stephen E. Boatwright of Palmetto Spine and Pain Care Consultants specializes in comprehensive neck pain treatment for patients of all ages. Located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Dr. Boatwright and his highly trained team of medical experts diagnose and treat your neck pain so you can get back to your daily activities. Call or schedule an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What’s causing my neck pain?

Your neck, or cervical spine, is made up of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles. They all work together, directed by the spinal cord to support the weight of your head. You may experience neck pain when any of the following occurs:

  • Nerve compression as a result of a herniated disc or bone spur in the vertebrae
  • Injuries including whiplash from a car accident or from playing a sport
  • Diseases like arthritis, meningitis, or cancer
  • Muscle strains as a result of hunching over a desk or cradling a phone between your ear and shoulder
  • Wear and tear as you age may deteriorate cartilage and bones

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain comes with a variety of symptoms including:

  • Difficulty turning your head
  • Stiff feeling in your muscles
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Sore or tender muscles
  • Pain, tingling, or numbness that radiates into your shoulder or down an arm
  • Trouble gripping objects
  • Headaches or jaw pain

How is neck pain treated?

At Palmetto Spine and Pain Care Consultants, neck pain treatment begins with a comprehensive approach to care. Dr. Boatwright starts by understanding your full medical history, including any previous neck pain and treatments you may have had. He conducts a complete examination to diagnose any underlying conditions accurately and identify contributing factors.

Once he has determined the cause of your neck pain, whether it is acute or chronic, he may recommend a variety of treatment options including physical therapy, mechanics, and core treatment. Other effective pain management procedures may include epidural injections or medial branch nerve/facets blocks. Dr. Boatwright also offers radiofrequency and rhizotomies/ablations.

Spinal cord stimulation is another treatment option that delivers mild electrical stimulation to nerves in your spinal column that are causing neck pain. The electrical stimulation helps to block nerve activity as a way to minimize the sensation of pain signals sent to your brain. For many, the result minimizes pain to a more manageable level or eliminates it almost completely.

Dr. Boatwright and the team of pain management specialists may prescribe a combination of treatment options and medication management, so you get the most effective pain relief for your symptoms. They invite you to call or make an appointment online at their office in Myrtle Beach.