Back And Neck Pain Specialist

Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine

Rock Navarkal, MD, JD

Pain Management Specialist & Spine & Sports Medicine located in Denver, CO

From shooting pains to throbbing aches that never end, most people suffer some degree of back and neck pain at least once throughout their lives. At Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine in Denver, Colorado, Rock Navarkal, MD, JD, and his team offer an integrative approach to back and neck pain management. Services include interventional pain and regenerative medicine procedures, physical therapy, acupuncture, medication management, and massage therapy. If back or neck pain are keeping you from the activities you love, call Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

Back & Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck, or cervical, pain is a common medical condition involving any of the bones, muscles, or tissues in your neck. The pain may manifest as a dull aching or sharp shooting pain. The pain may get worse if you move your neck or turn your head in a certain direction.

Other signs and symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Tenderness and swelling
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stiffness

It’s common to feel neck pain at the same time as other conditions, such as:

  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Facial pain
  • Upper arm numbness or tingling

What causes neck pain?

Sometimes, the cause of your neck pain is an acute injury, such as whiplash from a car collision, an accident at work, or a sports injury from physical activity. If this isn't the case, your neck pain may be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

A host of different diseases and disorders may create neck pain, including:

  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Herniated disk
  • Pinched nerve
  • Infection
  • Meningitis
  • Fibromyalgia

What is back pain?

Back pain is a crippling condition that ranks among the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss work. This pain can keep you from moving around, completing everyday activities, and doing what you love.

The common signs and symptoms of back pain include:

  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Decreased range of motion in your back
  • Pain that radiates down your leg

What causes back pain?

Acute back pain, which may come on suddenly after a fall or heavy lifting and last less than six weeks, is the most common type. Chronic back pain, lasting more than three months, is less prevalent.

Medical conditions related to back pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disks
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica

How do you treat back and neck pain?

First, Dr. Navarkal carefully evaluates your symptoms with a physical exam. He may need to use diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI, CT scan, or electromyography (EMG).

Once Dr. Navarkal diagnoses the cause of your back or neck pain, he discusses the best treatment options based on your individual needs. Dr. Navarkal believes in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management and may recommend one of the following treatments for your back or neck pain:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication management
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Advance Regenerative Medicine options

If you’re looking for relief from back or neck pain, call Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

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