Seemingly everyone experiences neck pain at some point, and it can range from a mild twinge to extreme discomfort and disability. Dr He is a leading board-certified neck pain specialist in New Jersey who can help you with personalized treatment plan.
You can sustain a neck injury through a fall or accident, or when participating in a sport or other physical activity. If you suffer severe pain following an accident or fall, stay still until a medical professional arrives. Attempting to move someone with a serious neck injury could have devastating consequences.
Treatment of back pain starts with conservative treatment such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and acupuncture. If symptoms persist, interventional pain management such as epidural steroid injection and facet joint injection will be the next step. Neck surgery will be considered when patient has severe neck injuries.
Your neck is flexible, but it’s also less well protected than other parts of the spine, so it’s vulnerable to injury and degeneration. Pain can come from:
Fibrous ligaments that join the bones together hold the cervical vertebrae in your spine in place, and the surrounding muscles support the neck and enable it to move. There are also nerves running through your neck that generate pain if tissues incur injury or damage.
Infections and tumors may occasionally cause neck pain, but most often pain in the neck is due to an acute injury or a degeneration of the tissues.
Degenerative conditions that can cause neck pain include:
If you have pain or reduced range of movement in your neck, you should the doctor for an assessment. There could be many possible causes of your neck pain, you should receive a thorough examination of your neck to see what could be causing the problem. We may also carry out further diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, CT scans, or diagnostic spinal injections.
Once we diagnose the cause of your neck pain, we can recommend a treatment program to heal the damage, reduce your pain, and restore your mobility. Possible treatments include:
Surgery for neck pain is an option if other treatment methods aren’t successful. Surgery is effective in relieving pain caused by nerve roots and spinal cord compression.
If you got up in the morning with sudden neck pain without particular reason, try massage, heat or cold packs and gentle exercise. There are certain neck exercises you can perform that will help you ease any existing pain in your neck. One cause of neck pain comes from having weak core muscles, which forces your body to curve inwards unnaturally, thus adding too much stress to the neck. Training these core muscles can do wonders for both your neck and back.
However, if you significant neck pain caused by injury with radiating pain to upper extremities (arm or finger) and/or numbness, you probably need intervention of a doctor.
Headaches is often related to neck pain. Muscle tension in the neck is a very common cause of tension headaches.