Neck Pain

Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center -  - Pain Management Physician

Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center

Pain Management Physicians & Chiropractors located in Union Square, New York, NY & Financial District, New York, NY

Neck Pain Specialist
At Irving place surgery & Wellness Center we have 2 specialists for neck pain: Dr. Sawhney is a pain specialist with over three decades of experience in alleviating a wide array of pain, including neck pain. Dr. Brodsky, a top-rated chiropractor located in the Union Square area of New York City. They both have helped remedy neck pain for countless patients.

Neck Pain Q & A

What Causes Neck Pain?

Pain in the neck can be a symptom of several types of conditions. Generally speaking, repetitive motions, sudden jerking motions, and overuse are responsible for the large majority of injuries to the neck. Even something as simple as using a computer and staring at the monitor throughout the day can strain the neck’s soft tissues and cause pain. The usual causes of neck discomfort include:

  • Injury
  • Tumors
  • Poor posture
  • Strains and sprains
  • Degenerative disc diseases
  • Anomalies in the bones and joints

How is Neck Pain Diagnosed?

When a patient comes to a doctor with neck pain, the doctor will ask questions to confirm the patient’s medical history and current habits and lifestyle details. The doctor may test the range of motion and ask the patient to gauge the pain. If necessary, the doctor could order further testing to diagnose the issue causing the pain including MRIs, X-Rays, CT scans and electrodiagnostics.

How is Neck Pain Treated?

Anti-inflammatory medication is frequently prescribed to treat neck pain. The doctor may also suggest the application of ice and heat packs to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Chiropractic treatment and exercises may be suggested. In severe cases where nerve roots or the spinal cord are the cause of the discomfort, surgery may be necessary. If a person is suffering from neck pain, he or she should make an appointment to have their condition assessed and diagnosed. If the pain is accompanied by numbness, loss of strength or any shooting pains, make an appointment as soon as possible.

What Causes Back Pain?

Usually, back pain is an indication of a greater issue. Pain can be separated into four groups which include:

  • Injuries- fractures, strains to muscles and tendons, and sprains of the ligaments around the joints can create a significant pain. This can be the result of a fall or trauma.
  • Diseases and medical illnesses- Arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and ankylosing spondylitis are diseases which impact the joints and muscles in the back and can cause discomfort. Conditions like fibromyalgia and, for women, pregnancy, can cause back pain as well.
  • Mechanical problems- the way the spine functions can be affected by mechanical problems including issues with disc deterioration. The bigger joints in the spine can also be malformed.
  • Infections and tumors- Osteomyelitis is a vertebral infection can put pressure on the spine, which causes pain. Tumors can also occur, though more rarely.

How is Pain Managed?

The most frequently used methods to treat back and neck pain are adjustments, or cervical manipulations, pain relieving medications, injections, and targeted maneuvers. Adjustments assist to increase range of motion. Pain medication, whether OTC or prescription, can be taken orally. When the pain is more severe anti-inflammatories and steroids can be injected directly into the spinal column between the joints. The physician will typically create a tailored treatment plan which will combines several techniques. In addition to manipulations and medication, massage, rehabilitative exercises, and mobilization can assist alleviate pain in the spine. If a fracture is present, or if a disc is ruptured, the doctor will most likely recommend surgery.

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