About Neck Spasms
The muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck are susceptible to injury and a common cause of neck pain. Ligament sprains and muscle or tendon strains can limit mobility and result in acute pain. This pain can be severe, cause difficulty with sleeping and even radiate to other areas of the body such as your shoulders. If spasms are severe, patients may endorse severe headaches as well. Most people have experienced some form of temporary neck or mid-back pain from overexertion, poor ergonomic workstations or injury. When rest and over the counter medications are not effective for neck muscle sprains or strains, additional medical treatment may be needed for relief. Ospina Medical offers safe and effective treatment for neck muscle spasms at our Midtown Manhattan practice.
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Symptoms of Neck Muscle Spasms
Patients who suffer from neck muscle spasms often endorse a severe sharp pain in the middle of their back that feels like a “knot” or contracted area. The pain is oftentimes constant, severe, and limits their ability to function and/or sleep. Generally, massage therapy and over the counter medications can relieve this pain, but sometimes the muscle spasms can be very severe and may require more attention. Back spasms can occur from a variety of sources including accidents, overexertion, stretching or overstressing muscles or tendons. Both can occur at the same time, or separately, resulting in localized inflammation, pain and mobility issues.
Treatments for Neck Muscle Spasms
When neck muscle spasms cause ongoing pain, additional treatment and therapy may be required. Ospina Medical offers targeted ultrasound guided trigger point injections that may be used to relieve pain by reducing knotted muscles and inflammation. Our providers may also utilize our Regenexx regenerative medicine platform and perform trigger point injections with platelet poor plasma (PPP). There is some new data to support that when PPP is injected into muscles, it can help relieve muscle spasms as well as regenerate damaged tissue.
If you are interested to learn more about Regenexx and what treatment options are available, please call Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan to book your appointment today.
Neck Muscle Spasms FAQ
Are neck spasms a symptom of something else?
A persistent neck spasm that resists home treatments may be a symptom of a muscle or ligament strain in the neck. Often this can be caused by:
- A sudden, awkward neck movement
- Poor posture
- A workstation that is not ergonomic
- Improper bed and pillows
- Stress-related muscle tension
When should I go to the doctor for a neck spasm?
If rest, massage, ice, heat, and over-the-counter medications are ineffective to help with your neck spasm, it could be time to seek treatment. At Ospina Medical, we offer multiple treatment options to treat your unique neck spasms and associated pain.
Do trigger point injections for neck muscle spasms hurt?
Most patients don’t experience any more discomfort with a trigger point injection than they would with any other shot. Because a trigger point injection is ultrasound-guided, it means we can quickly and precisely target the treatment area to make your procedure quick and easy.
What are some ways to relieve a neck muscle spasm?
- NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin) - (consult your doctor)
- A hot shower or bath
- Massage therapy
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