Neck Pain Specialist

Evolution Pain and Spine

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in League City, TX & Lake Jackson, TX

At Evolution Pain and Spine in League City, Lake Jackson and Sugarland, Texas, Sunil Thomas, MD, a double board-certified interventional pain management and physical medicine specialist, helps many patients find relief from chronic and acute neck pain. He offers comprehensive exams and customized treatment plans to relieve your neck pain and heal the underlying cause. Don’t ignore neck pain; call Evolution Pain and Spine or schedule a consultation online today.

Neck Pain Q&A

What are the common causes of neck pain?

Neck pain can stem from the bones, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves in your neck, shoulders, upper back, and jaw. Your neck pain might be due to:

  • Muscle tension
  • Injuries like whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

While many of these conditions are out of your control, your lifestyle can significantly affect your risk of developing neck pain. 

For example, poor posture is a common cause of neck pain. The average American spends more than five hours a day with their head tilted down to scroll through their phone. 

Additionally, if you spend your day working at a desk and your work station isn’t set up correctly, you might have to tilt your head up or down to see your screen. 

When should I talk to a doctor about neck pain?

You should never ignore pain — it’s how your body lets you know that something is wrong. If you have mild neck pain, you can try at-home therapies like over-the-counter pain relievers, ice, or heat. 

However, if your pain doesn’t subside in a day or two — or if it gets worse — make an appointment with Dr. Thomas at Evolution Pain and Spine. 

Additionally, if your pain is so severe that you can’t move your head or you know you sustained an injury, contact Dr. Thomas right away. 

How is the cause of neck pain diagnosed?

Dr. Thomas provides comprehensive exams at Evolution Pain and Spine to identify the cause of your neck pain. He begins by reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. If you know you have an injury, make sure to share the details with Dr. Thomas.

He also performs a physical exam, feeling your neck for signs of inflammation or injury. When necessary, he orders digital imaging studies like X-rays and MRIs. He might also use nerve conduction studies to identify nerve damage. 

How is neck pain treated?

When Dr. Thomas understands your condition, he creates a customized treatment plan to relieve your neck pain and address the underlying condition causing it. 

Treatment plans are usually multidisciplinary, combining therapies to approach your condition in several ways. Depending on your needs, your treatment plan for neck pain might include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Regenerative medicine

Dr. Thomas can prescribe medication but prefers to apply interventional pain management techniques that address the cause of your pain instead of masking it. 

If you have neck pain that’s interfering with your life, call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today.