Neck & Shoulder Pain Specialist

Specialized Spine & Pain Care -  - Pain Management

Specialized Spine & Pain Care

Pain Management & Spine Specialist located in Morrisville, PA & Bristol, PA

Sometimes, a problem in your neck can lead to shoulder pain as well. But you can find relief with Paul Soccio, MD, at his practice in Morrisville, Pennsylvania or at one of his satellite locations in Bristol, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Soccio brings a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing acute and chronic conditions, including those causing neck and shoulder pain. If you have discomfort in your neck and shoulders, call Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment online today and Feel Better ... Live Better.

Neck & Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is neck and shoulder pain?

When you have neck pain, it occurs in the cervical portion of your spine beneath your skull that ends at your shoulders. Your cervical spine has seven vertebrae designed to protect your spinal cord, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

In some cases, you can develop shoulder pain because of neck problems. That’s because you have spinal nerve roots on each side of your spinal column that branch out to several areas of your body, including your shoulders and arms.

What causes neck and shoulder pain?

When you have acute neck pain, it’s usually due to tension and strain. In most cases, this pain develops because of straining while carrying heavy objects, sleeping in awkward positions, practicing poor posture, or sitting at your desk for long periods of time. You can also have neck pain as a result of an auto accident injury.

In addition to acute neck pain, you can also have chronic neck pain. This type of neck pain is usually due to:

  • Pinched nerves
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, or osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal stenosis

The conditions listed above can also lead to pain in your shoulders.

How are neck and shoulder pain diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Soccio takes a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating neck and shoulder pain. During your appointment, he conducts a full physical exam, discusses your symptoms, and reviews your medical and personal history. He might also recommend additional tests, like X-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies.

Based on the cause of your pain and the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Soccio might suggest a variety of treatments, including:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Pain medications, like anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants
  • Steroid injections or nerve blocks
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, Dr. Soccio might also recommend radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This minimally invasive therapy delivers precise amounts of radio wave energy to your pain site to interrupt pain signals in the area.

To find relief for your neck and shoulder pain, call Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment using online booking today and Feel Better ... Live Better.