If you have a herniated cervical disc, you may feel the pain that radiates down your arm and possibly into your hand. You may also feel pain on or near your shoulder blade and neck pain when turning your head or bending your neck. Sometimes you may have muscle spasms — meaning the muscles tighten uncontrollably.
Neck Pain is a common ailment in Lebanon. It’s often due to poor posture, muscle strain, or the effects of aging. Regardless of the cause, ongoing neck pain and stiffness can make it hard to work, play, or rest.
Dr. Myrna Zalaket is a highly skilled pain management expert in Sin El-Fil, Beirut, well-known for her unique understanding of pain.
After a thorough exam and accurate diagnosis of your condition, Dr. Zalaket creates a customized treatment strategy for neck pain that may include the following:
Used to relieve pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by the compressed nerves in the cervical spine, epidural steroid injections are delivered to the epidural space surrounding your spinal cord in the inflamed and irritated nerves.
These injections contain a steroid to reduce inflammation and an anesthetic that temporarily blocks the nerve signals transmitting the pain message to your brain.
Facet joints act as connectors between the bones in your spine. Those in the cervical spine allow your neck to bend and twist but help keep it from moving too far.
Like those in epidural steroid injections, the medications used for these injections reduce inflammation and temporarily control pain.
A cervical transforaminal steroid injection is given in the neck, or upper back area, also called the cervical area. The steroid medicine moves up and down the spinal canal to coat the nerve roots near the injection area.
In addition to being used for aesthetic procedures, Botox is beneficial for patients suffering from chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, and neck muscle stiffness and spasms, sometimes called spasticity.
Prolotherapy injects a solution into a ligament, tendon, or joint to create inflammation and bring blood supply to the area. It promotes new cell growth and tissue healing.
These procedures are done under ultrasound or fluoroscopy.
When medical treatment is ineffective in relieving your neck pain, you should see an interventional pain therapist like Dr. Myrna Zalaket.
The doctor diagnoses neck pain with a physical examination and other medical imaging devices, including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, EMGs, etc., and prescribes the necessary treatments.
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Dr. Myrna Zalaket, Interventional Pain Doctor in Beirut, Lebanon.