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A 45-year-old female asked:

Can a cortisone shot help with burning neck pain? do doctors ever do a emg on the neckti find out if the nerve is damaged? i also have numbness neck?

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Dr. Robert Wallach
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Maybe: There may be injections to help with neck pain, with or without cortisone. The 2 common injections are epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections. Emg is a great test to see if there is nerve damage but usually not needed unless there is pain, tingling/numbness or weakness in the arm too. Mri will help show potential causes of your symptoms before considering injections.
Dr. Kenith Paresa
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: Depending on other clinical features, it is common for a physician to order an EMG and or ncs to evaluate this symptom complex as part of a broader diagnostic framework. This can help determine whether a peripheral nerve, plexus or root problem is present, to what degree, and clarify other potential problems associated with your symptoms.

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