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Neck Pain Specialist

Advanced Pain Management

Anuj Gupta, M.D.

Pain Management Physician & Anesthesiology located in Vista, CA

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident or suffer from chronic muscle tension, neck pain may be a normal part of your life. If this is the case, board-certified Anuj Gupta, MD, and his experienced pain management team are here for you. At Advanced Pain Management in Vista, California, they use advanced, up-to-date neck pain treatments to give you the relief and quality of life you deserve. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Pain Management over the phone or online to learn more.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a feeling of discomfort that occurs in your head, neck, or shoulders. It might present as:

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Muscle tightness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches or migraines

Neck pain might come and go or progressively get worse over time. If neck pain is severe or long-lasting, see Dr. Gupta and his team for an evaluation.

What causes neck pain?

You might experience neck pain after a sports injury, fall, or automobile accident. It can result because of poor posture, too. Other possible reasons for neck pain include:

  • Nerve compression
  • Worn joints
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Muscle strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Cancer

To help determine what’s causing neck pain and establish a treatment that best suits your needs, Dr. Gupta and his expert pain management team complete a physical exam. 

They review your symptoms and medical history, and may order blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures to find the root cause of your discomfort.

What is the treatment for neck pain?

Each personalized neck pain treatment plan is based on the cause and severity of your discomfort and your preferences. Dr. Gupta might recommend one or more of the following:

Natural remedies

Natural neck pain treatments include physical therapy, ice or heat treatment, or wearing a neck brace. Your provider might show you which strength and flexibility exercises can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Radiofrequency neurotomy

Radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive treatment in which Dr. Gupta and his team place a thin needle into painful areas of your cervical spine. Doing so allows him to use radiofrequency energy to heat nerve tissues and reduce pain signals to your brain.

Injections

Numerous spinal injections can offer you neck pain relief at Advanced Pain Management. Examples include nerve block, steroid, anesthetic, hyaluronic acid, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections that help reduce inflammation, block nerve signals, lubricate joints, or enhance your body’s natural healing response. 

Spinal cord stimulation 

A spinal cord stimulator is a tiny pacemaker-like device Dr. Gupta can implant near your spine to send electrical impulses to nerves and mask pain signals.

Percutaneous discectomy

During a minimally invasive percutaneous discectomy, Dr. Gupta removes a herniated disc in your spine to relieve nerve root pressure.

Don’t let chronic or severe neck pain prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Pain Management over the phone or online for an evaluation today.