Neck Pain Treatment

Neck Pain Treatments and Causes

Our expert physicians give optimal care for patients with serious neck pain by providing ground-breaking treatments and personalized treatment plans. NSPC is the premier choice of referring doctors in the Tri-state area for good reason. With an expert multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and convenient offices on Long Island and NYC metro area, patients receive the best possible outcomes with world-class care close to home.

Neck pain is another broad classification of distress or pain that can occur anywhere in the tissue of your neck, extending all the way from the bottom of your head down to the top of your shoulders. In fact, because the neck and spine are so central to your overall posture, problems with your neck can even cause the pain to spread to your back and arms. Neck pain is an extremely common condition that nearly everyone will experience at some point in their lives, particularly those over the age of 50.

Neck Pain Causes and Symptoms

While neck pain is an extremely common problem, the underlying problem can vary dramatically, from infection to tissue damage through injury; the result is usually the same: a good deal of pain, stiffness, and discomfort, which you likely want to alleviate as soon as is possible.

Most Common Neck Pain Causes
Here are the five most frequently encountered neck pain causes:

  • Stressful Activity – Most neck pain is caused by performing an activity that leaves your muscles and joints in the area strained. Poor posture, activities like painting a ceiling or sleeping in a bad position can all cause muscle spasms, joint swelling and other uncomfortable conditions.
  • Injury – Injury is another frequent cause of chronic neck pain. Falls and whiplash in particular are known to often result in neck and back issues.
  • Infection – Although fairly rare, infections are still labeled as one of the major neck pain causes people can suffer from.
  • Cervical Stenosis – This condition refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal in the area of your neck. It can lead to pain and stiffness as you develop joint and spinal cord issues. Many other conditions can lead to spinal stenosis such as herniated discs, bone spurs and tumors.
  • Diseases – Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause neck pain; your neck has a lot of joints, which are just as vulnerable to this progressive condition as any other area.

Neck Pain Treatments at NSPC

When over-the-counter pain medication and simple heating or icing doesn’t work for sudden, sharp pains from muscle spasms, other neck pain relief is needed.
For more severe or persistent chronic pain, your physician may recommend therapeutic neck pain treatments. These can include anything from simple exercises and stretches all the way up to complete traction or immobilization when needed.

Finally, you may require a surgical or more long-term medical solution for your neck pain, particularly when it is the result of trauma or injury. Physicians may need to regularly inject your nerve roots with steroids, lidocaine or other agents intended to reduce pain, and in extreme cases surgery must be employed (usually when nerve roots or spinal cord compression is involved).

Surgery for Neck Pain
At our NY area medical centers, our experienced board-certified neurosurgeons provide state-of-the-art surgical procedures for severe neck pain.

Anterior cervical discectomy This surgical procedure can provide relief from cervical radiculopathy, fractures and cervical disc herniations that sometimes cause pinched nerves. The neurosurgeon removes worn or damaged discs via a small incision in the front (anterior) of the neck, then either a bone graft or an artificial disc replacement is inserted into the cervical spine.

Laminectomy During a laminectomy, the surgeon removes the lamina (back portion of the vertebrae) to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves to bring pain relief. If the surgery is also part of a herniated disc treatment, the damaged disc would also be removed.

Laminoplasty This surgical procedure preserves motion in the neck while relieving pressure on the spinal cord. The laminae (bony arched roof of the vertebrae) is re-formed to provide more room in the spinal canal.

Cervical spinal fusion Sometimes preventing the movement of two vertebrae is necessary. This procedure fuses two vertebrae together using bone or synthetic bone.

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