Neck Pain Specialist

Brian J. Fuller, MD -  - Pain Management

Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians

Brian J. Fuller, MD

Pain Management located in Denver, CO

With so many people spending hours hunched over their computer or device, neck pain is becoming a very common complaint. While stretching may help your symptoms, if your neck pain isn’t improving with home care or you’re experiencing pins and needles sensations down your arms, it’s time to contact Brian J. Fuller, MD, at Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians in Denver. Call or book online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why is neck pain common?

Neck pain is common because your neck has multiple flexible joints and discs that support the weight of your head. This flexibility and the extra stress from the weight of your head makes your neck more susceptible to injury and pain.  

For most people, neck pain isn’t a medical concern. It usually results from muscle strain after spending too much time in one position. But if neck pain becomes a chronic problem, it shouldn’t be ignored. You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Fuller if your neck pain is:

  • Constant
  • Making it difficult for you to move your head
  • Causing headaches
  • Traveling down your arms or back
  • Accompanied by numbness or tingling sensations

You should also seek out help from Dr. Fuller if your neck pain is the result of an injury, such as an automobile or work accident. 

What causes neck pain?

There are many conditions that may lead to neck pain. Common causes include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated disc
  • Facet arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical radiculopathy

Meningitis and certain types of cancer can also lead to neck pain.

What happens during a neck pain evaluation?

Dr. Fuller conducts a thorough evaluation when you come to Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians with concerns about neck pain. During your evaluation, Dr. Fuller discusses your symptoms and onset of pain. He also reviews your medical history and conducts a physical exam, paying special attention to the movement and function of your neck and cervical spine.

To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, Dr. Fuller may also request diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI. 

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment for your neck pain may depend on the underlying cause. Dr. Fuller is a proactive and innovative pain management specialist and utilizes some of the most advanced tools and techniques to help you get relief from your pain. 

Dr. Fuller may recommend physical therapy as a treatment for your neck pain or interventional pain management procedures including:

  • Cervical epidural steroid injection
  • Cervical transforaminal epidural injection
  • Cervical facet joint injection
  • Diagnostic discography
  • Diagnostic medial branch blocks
  • Facet joint radiofrequency neurotomies

He also offers Botox® injections for spasticity, tension headaches and migraine, which may co-occur with your neck pain. 

Dr. Fuller is also a regenerative medicine specialist and may suggest stem cell therapy and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for the treatment of your neck pain depending on the underlying cause. These injections are known to stimulate your body’s healing process and may help regenerate the diseased or damaged tissue responsible for your pain. 

For comprehensive care of your neck pain from a compassionate physician, contact Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians by phone or online today.