Neck Pain in Interventional Pain Medicine


Neck pain is a common and debilitating condition that can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. Interventional pain medicine encompasses a variety of minimally invasive procedures aimed at diagnosing and treating neck pain.

Causes of Neck Pain:

Muscle strain: Overuse, poor posture or sudden movements can lead to muscle strain in the neck.

Herniated discs: Discs between the vertebrae can rupture or bulge, causing pressure on nerves.

Cervical spondylosis: Age-related wear and tear on the cervical spine, leading to degeneration.

Injuries: Trauma from accidents or falls can result in neck pain.

Spinal stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Interventional Pain Medicine Techniques:

Cervical epidural steroid injections: Targeted injections of steroids into the epidural space to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

Facet joint injections: Medications are injected into the facet joints to relieve pain originating from these joints.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): A minimally invasive procedure using heat to interrupt nerve signals and reduce pain.

Percutaneous laser disc decompression: Minimally invasive removal of a portion of the intervertebral disc to relieve pressure on nerves.

Endoscopic spine procedure:   The most advanced technique to address spine pain problems without the risk of open spine surgery. With spine endoscopy, any pain-causing structure of the spine can be addressed with more than a 95% success rate.

Discography: Injection of contrast dye into discs to identify those causing pain and guide further treatment.

Peripheral nerve blocks: Injection of anesthetic near specific nerves to provide temporary pain relief.

Benefits of Interventional Pain Medicine:

Minimally invasive: Procedures are typically performed with small incisions, reducing recovery time.

Targeted treatment: Precise targeting of the source of pain leads to more effective and long-lasting relief.

Multidisciplinary approach: Collaborative efforts between pain specialists, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals.


Individualised Approach: Treatment plans are tailored to each patient's unique condition and needs.

Comprehensive care: Interventional pain medicine is often part of a comprehensive pain management plan that may include medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications.


Interventional pain medicine plays a crucial role in managing neck pain by providing targeted and minimally invasive solutions. Through accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment plans, individuals suffering from neck pain can find relief and regain functional capacity, ultimately improving their overall quality of life.