Neck Pain

Targeted relief from persistent neck pain.

If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, our Brisbane pain specialists can help with expert diagnosis, intervention and ongoing pain management.

Neck pain affects many people in Australia and throughout the world. Persistent or chronic neck pain is commonly viewed as lasting more than three months, and this can negatively affect your quality of life on a daily basis. Symptoms of neck pain can include:

  • Stiffness and general soreness
  • Sharp, localised pain
  • Headaches
  • Referred pain in areas such as the eyes and temple, or shoulders and upper arms
  • Numbness, pins and needles or weakness in the arms or hands
At Interventus Pain Specialists, we focus on accurately diagnosing the source of your neck pain before developing a comprehensive treatment plan to restore function and relieve your discomfort.

Understanding the anatomy

The cervical spine joins the base of the skull to the thoracic spine. It contains seven vertebral segments, called C1 up to C7. The top vertebral level of the cervical spine, C1, is unique and primarily provides rotation for the skull. All other levels of the cervical spine have three important features:
  • A pair of facet joints that connect two vertebrae, enabling forward, backward and twisting motions
  • An intervertebral disc in between the vertebrae that cushions, spaces and enables movement
  • Neural foramina on both sides of the spine which the nerve roots exit through

Correctly diagnosing the cause of your neck pain

The possible causes of acute neck pain are extensive, ranging from common muscular strains through to more serious issues such as fractures. Persistent neck pain, however, is almost always due to pain from two structures – either the cervical facet joints or the intervertebral discs.

Cervical facet joint pain is the most common cause. It can develop suddenly, particularly following a trauma such as a whiplash injury, but it usually develops over a number of years due to degenerative changes. Some risk factors that can accelerate this degeneration include an inactive lifestyle, poor posture and smoking.

To determine which structure is causing your pain, Interventus Pain Specialists use a combination of clinical examinations, investigations such as X-Rays and MRIs, and other diagnostic tools such as Prognostic Injections, Radiofrequency Neurotomy or Pulsed Radiofrequency Neuromodulation.

At Interventus, our Brisbane neck pain specialists focus on accurately diagnosing the cause of your pain, before determining which treatment approach is most likely to be successful.

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