4 doctors weighed in:
I have neck pain and have tried physical therapy but nothing helps. Next steps?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Spinal injection
The most important aspect of fixing anything is knowing specifically what is wrong.
To DX spine pain, neither the history, physical exam or MRI can definitively reveal the cause of pain. The most specific method is to anesthetize the purported pain generator (the structure the doctor thinks is causing the pain), and ask the patient if the pain was eliminated. If positive f/b long-term treatment.

In brief: Spinal injection
The most important aspect of fixing anything is knowing specifically what is wrong.
To DX spine pain, neither the history, physical exam or MRI can definitively reveal the cause of pain. The most specific method is to anesthetize the purported pain generator (the structure the doctor thinks is causing the pain), and ask the patient if the pain was eliminated. If positive f/b long-term treatment.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Thank
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Neck pain
If you have tried and failed conservative treatments then the next step is imaging studies.
Your treating physician will make a determination on this.

In brief: Neck pain
If you have tried and failed conservative treatments then the next step is imaging studies.
Your treating physician will make a determination on this.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors