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Neck Pain Specialist

Dr. Robert F Bowers -  - Pain Management Physician

Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC

Dr. Robert F Bowers

Pain Management Physician located in Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

Neck pain can be a debilitating source of discomfort and interfere with your quality of life. At Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington, Robert Bowers, MD, a double board-certified and fellowship-trained anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, diagnosis the cause of neck pain and offers a variety of customizable treatment options. Don’t let neck pain interfere with your quality of life. Call Bellevue Pain and Wellness to schedule a consultation today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is a widespread problem that can lead to missed work and social engagements along with a low quality of life. If you have neck pain, it could be due to a wide range of issues and conditions, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Muscle strain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Stenosis
  • Nerve compression
  • Injuries like whiplash

 

Your risk of neck pain increases with age. Additionally, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle or spend hours every day slouched at a desk or with your head tilted down while you scroll through your phone. 

 

How is the cause of neck pain diagnosed?

At Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC, Dr. Bowers provides thorough exams to diagnose the cause of your neck pain. After reviewing your medical history, symptoms, and general health, Dr. Bowers completes a physical exam. He feels your neck, jaw, and spine for signs of inflammation, deformity, or other issues that contribute to neck pain. He also guides you through some gentle movements and stretches to see if your range of motion is limited. 

If necessary, Dr. Bowers may order X-rays or MRIs to examine the vertebrae, muscles, and connective tissues in your neck. He may also request a nerve conduction study to confirm or locate nerve damage. 

 

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Bowers provides highly customized treatment plans for neck pain designed to address your specific needs. Depending on the cause of your neck pain, he may recommend:

  • Immobilization
  • Steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Physical therapy

 

Dr. Bowers usually relies on interventional pain treatments and only uses low doses of pain medication when absolutely necessary. 

 

Is it possible to reduce the risk of neck pain?

Many of the factors that lead to neck pain are under your control. For example, working to improve your posture can significantly reduce your neck pain. Additionally, if you work in front of a computer, make sure your screen is at the right level, so you don’t have to tilt your head up or down to see it clearly. You can also take care to hold your phone up, so you don’t have to tilt your head to see it. 

Call Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC to make an appointment today for expert diagnosis and treatment for neck pain.

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Pain Management Specialist in Bellevue, Washington and servicing areas in Seattle, Washington