Neck Spine Arthritis (Cervical Facet Arthropathy)

Neck spine arthritis involves arthritis and irritation of the facet joints in the neck. The facet joints allow bending, extending, and rotation of the head and neck. Patients describe pain in the back of the neck and into the back of the shoulders, and even the shoulder blades, commonly called the cloak distribution. The pain in the neck is made worse with the extension of the neck in a lateral rotation.

Injection Therapy for Cervical Spine Arthritis

The injection therapy treatment of choice for neck spine arthritis is radiofrequency ablation. This 15-minute, minimally invasive procedure involves ablation (using an electric current to heat up a small area of nerves to stop them from sending pain signals) of the medial branch nerve which provides the nerve supply to the facet joint. By removing the nerve supply to the facet joint, patients experience a reduction of pain in the neck for years, enhanced function, improved sleep, and a decreased need for pain medication.

If you are experiencing pain as a result of neck spine arthritis, call TPMG pain management specialist Dr. Dawson of TPMG Interventional Pain Treatment Center at 757-232-8844 about injection therapy. No one should have to live their lives with preventable pain. Try injection therapy today and start on the path towards feeling better.

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