Neck Pain Relief & Treatment in Princeton & Staten Island
What is neck pain?
Neck pain may be due to a wide range of causes, including damage or overuse of the muscles, bones, nerves, joints, or other structures in the cervical spine. Neck pain is categorized into two main types, according to the duration and severity of the condition. If you’re experiencing neck pain, request a consultation with the orthopedic spine doctors at New Jersey Spine Surgeons by filling out the form on this page. Our expert doctors in Princeton and Staten Island are committed to relieving your pain and improving your spinal health. Learn more about neck pain causes, diagnosis, and our treatment options below.
Severity of Neck Pain
Acute Neck Pain
Acute neck pain refers to pain that can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Generally, this type of neck pain comes on suddenly and may result from an injury or accident.
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic neck pain refers to pain that develops gradually and generally lasts longer than a few months. This type of neck pain usually requires treatment from an experienced spine specialist in order to achieve relief or long-term pain management.
What causes neck pain?
Some of the possible causes of neck pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched nerve
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Cervical foraminal stenosis
- Muscle strain (due to overuse)
- Traumatic injury
- Bone spur
- Poor posture
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
Symptoms of neck pain vary from patient to patient and depend on the underlying cause of the pain. Many patients with neck pain experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Neck pain that increases when holding head still for extended periods of time
- Muscle spasms or tightness
- Reduced range of motion in neck
When should I see a doctor for neck pain relief?
Many cases of neck pain will improve with rest and subside within a couple weeks. When symptoms persist longer, you should consult with a spine specialist at New Jersey Spine Surgeons. Symptoms that may warrant a doctor’s visit include:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Neck pain that radiates through the legs or arms
- Neck pain that occurs in combination with a headache, weakness or tingling
- Neck pain that is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands
How is neck pain diagnosed?
At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, our doctors will evaluate your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis following a physical examination, medical history, and any necessary diagnostic tests. Your doctor will discuss your symptoms with you and may recommend one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computerized tomography (CT scan)
- Blood scan
- Nerve testing
These tests enable your doctor to rule out or point to a specific underlying condition that may be causing your neck pain.
What does neck pain treatment involve?
To treat acute neck pain, our spine doctors at New Jersey Spine Surgeons will typically advise conservative treatment methods. Treatment options depend on each patient’s needs and symptoms, and may involve:
- Avoiding painful positions and activities that cause pain
- Taking pain medications, either over-the-counter or prescription medications depending on the level of pain
- Using a neck brace
- Undergoing transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Undergoing physical therapy
- Getting a cortisone injection
If symptoms are severe, worsen over time, or don’t respond well to conservative therapies, a surgical procedure may be recommended in order to fix the underlying source of your neck pain. Surgical options to correct conditions that relate to cervical spine function may include:
- Cervical disc replacement
- Cervical fusion
- Minimally invasive laminoforaminotomy
- Posterior spinal fusion
- Laminotomy and decompression
If you are suffering from neck pain, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, we are dedicated to the preservation of motion and function through the latest minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments. Call (844)-7-NJSPINE today or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at our Princeton and Staten Island offices.