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Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and shoulder pain can be classified in many different ways. At Tri-State Pain Institute, we find that some people experience only neck pain or only shoulder pain, while others experience pain in both areas.

 

What Causes Neck Pain?

 

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. Such a mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to injury. Shoulder pain can stem from one or more of the following causes:

 

How Do We Diagnose Neck and Shoulder Pain?

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The foundation of diagnosis is a comprehensive physical examination and medical history.

X-rays can reveal narrowing of the space between two spinal bones, arthritis-like diseases, tumors, slipped discs, narrowing of the spinal canal, fractures and instability of the spinal column.

Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive procedure that can reveal the detail of neural (nerve-related) elements.

Myelography/CT scanning is sometimes used as an alternative to MRI.

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) are sometimes used to diagnosis neck and shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness and tingling.

 

How Do We Treat Neck and Shoulder Pain?

At Tri-State Pain Institute, our goal is to use a comprehensive, conservative plan to treat your acute or chronic pain but without developing long-term reliance and dependence. We also provide minimally invasive X-ray guided procedures such as epidurals, radio frequency ablations and spinal cord stimulators to improve function and relieve pain.

Our pain medicine specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best addresses your specific condition and lifestyle. Your treatment for neck and shoulder pain may include several non-invasive and surgical options, including: