Irfan Lalani, MD, PA
Neurology & Pain Management Physician located in Sugar Land, TX
Your neck is the most flexible part of your spine, making it more vulnerable to various issues that cause neck pain. Though not always a serious medical problem, your neck pain may be a symptom of an underlying condition involving the structure of your cervical spine. At Irfan Lalani, MD, PA, in Sugar Land, Texas, Dr. Lalani specializes in diagnosing and treating neck pain. For a patient-centered approach to care from an experienced neurologist and pain medicine physician, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Neck Pain Q & A
What is neck pain?
Neck pain is a type of pain that originates in your neck. Your neck, or cervical spine, supports the weight and mobility of your head. The structure and function of your neck make it more vulnerable to conditions and injuries that cause pain.
The type of pain you feel varies depending on the underlying cause. For some, neck pain is an acute condition resulting from poor posture that causes a dull aching sensation in the muscles. For others, neck pain may be a chronic problem that includes pain that radiates into the head, upper back, or arms.
What causes neck pain?
You may develop neck pain from any number of causes. Some of the most common causes of neck pain Dr. Lalani treats include:
Damage to an intervertebral disc in your cervical spine may cause neck pain if it compresses or irritates a cervical spinal nerve.
Cervical spondylosis refers to age-related changes in your spine that cause conditions such as osteoarthritis, bone spurs, or disc shrinkage. These structural conditions may cause aching neck pain, limitations in neck mobility, or headaches.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space within your spinal canal. The narrowing may irritate or compress the spinal cord or spinal nerves in your cervical spine, causing neck pain.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy means you have spinal cord damage from your spinal stenosis, which may cause neck pain, numbness or tingling in the hands, leg stiffness, or loss of balance.
What can I expect during a neck pain evaluation?
You can expect a thorough evaluation when you visit the office of Irfan Lalani, MD, PA, for a neck pain evaluation. In addition to a comprehensive history and physical, Dr. Lalani also performs various diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of neck pain, such as X-rays, a CT scan, an MRI, or nerve conduction studies.
How is neck pain treated?
Dr. Lalani develops individualized treatment plans for neck pain based on your diagnosis, severity of symptoms, overall health, and personal preferences.
He’s an experienced neurologist and pain medicine physician and offers both medical and interventional pain treatments.
Your plan may include:
- Activity modification
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Pain medication
- Epidural steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency ablation
If Dr. Lalani’s interventions fail to provide significant relief from your pain or your symptoms worsen, he may suggest surgery.
Call the office of Irfan Lalani, MD, PA, or schedule an appointment online today.