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 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.
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:
You can prepare for your visit to the doctor by thinking about these questions ahead of time:
After a physical exam that will include a test of your range of motion, your physician will look at spinal imaging tests to determine what is causing your pain. X-rays, CT (computerized tomography) scans and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging to view bones and soft tissues) are used to diagnose neck, back and spine conditions
Non-surgical treatments for neck pain can be effective in alleviating pain in many cases involving overexertion of muscles or poor posture:
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).
For more information about surgery for chronic neck pain or other severe neck pain relief options, contact a helpful specialist at NSPC. At our New York area locations, we provide cutting-edge treatment for patients to cope with spinal injuries and other spinal problems.
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