Neck Pain Specialist

River City Pain Management

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in San Antonio, TX

Neck pain has a way of hijacking your life because of its impact on your ability to use your head, making even the slightest movement uncomfortable. At River City Pain Management, Arnold DeLeon, MD, has a number of tools to combat neck pain, helping his patients in San Antonio find much-needed relief. To learn more about addressing your neck pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are the structures of the neck?

Your neck is made up of seven small vertebrae, called your cervical spine, that support your head and provide a large range of motion. In addition to your spine, your neck contains ligaments, tendons, and muscles that all work together to lend support to your cervical spine. On top of the support and range of motion your neck allows, it also provides passage for your nervous system through your spinal canal.

What causes neck pain?

There are a number of conditions that can lead to neck pain, including:

  • Whiplash as a result of an accident
  • Strains or sprains of the soft tissue
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated cervical disc
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs

While this list represents the common culprits behind acute neck pain, your discomfort may also stem from problems with your posture, especially in the tech age, which is causing people to hunch over to look at screens for long periods of time.

How is neck pain treated?

If you’re plagued by neck pain, Dr. DeLeon first sits down with you to review your symptoms and your medical history. The nature of your neck pain guides him on where to look for the underlying cause, so details like whether the pain is local or it’s radiating down your shoulder and arm are very important. After using advanced imaging to gain a clearer picture of what’s going on inside your neck, Dr. DeLeon recommends a treatment plan, which may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Analgesics
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Traction

In some cases, Dr. DeLeon may recommend surgery to repair a disc or fracture in your cervical spine.

Ultimately, Dr. DeLeon’s treatment plan largely depends on your diagnosis. However, rest assured that as a pain management specialist, Dr. DeLeon works with you until your pain is resolved. He may also suggest lifestyle changes, such as exercise and posture correction, to help you ward off neck pain in the future.

If you’d like to find relief from nagging neck pain, call River City Pain Management or schedule an appointment with Dr. DeLeon using the online booking tool.