NECK PAIN CONDITIONS

There’s no denying that the use of smartphones and computers has placed more of a strain on our necks than usual. While we have all experienced a cramping feeling from time to time after texting too much, chronic neck pain can be a huge concern among New Yorkers. When you don’t have time in the day to rest and relax as much as you should, the team at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates is here to help with your condition. We take neck pain treatment seriously as relieving your symptoms can greatly impact your quality of life.

Slipped or herniated disc

Our spine doesn’t just run the length of our back, and the discs that make up our neck are just as sensitive as the others. These discs act as cushions between our vertebrae, and if one is out of place it can cause a range of symptoms including pain, muscle weakness, or tingling on one side of the body. Aside from a strain or injury, this type of spinal cord issue can be the result of poor posture.

Sprains and strains

Any number of quick or jerky movements could cause a sprain or strain in the ligaments and tendons in your neck. Many times these issues are the result of a slip, fall, or sports injury, and what may seem like a minor instance of pain could develop into a more serious issue if left unaddressed. Our pain doctors work to get to the heart of every neck issue, no matter how large or small it may seem.

Cervical spondylosis

Chronic neck pain could be the result of cervical spondylosis, or arthritis of the neck. The section of vertebrae in your neck is called the cervical spine, and the discs between each one can wear down with age. In fact, studies show that more than 90% of people over the age of 60 struggle with this common condition. Although arthritis cannot be reversed, there are treatment measures that can help to reduce pain and increase mobility.

Spinal Stenosis

While many think that our spine is a solid structure, it actually contains a narrow passageway inside that houses our spinal cords. Normal mobility allows these nerves to function normally, but any injury to the neck may trigger a narrowing of the opening. Called spinal stenosis, it happens gradually but can eventually reach the point of compressing the nerves and causing pain.
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NECK PAIN DIAGNOSIS

The team at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates recognizes that neck and back pain can greatly diminish your ability to participate in life’s important activities, so when you visit us for a diagnosis, we will commit to a collaborative and effective approach. Neck pain treatment is not a one size fits all situation, and therefore our methods of pain management will be customized to your specific needs.
Like many other types of joint pain, it is essential to understand the full scope of your concern before recommending a plan for treatment. Our physicians will begin with a full physical examination, allowing us to understand your overall level of health and learn when your symptoms started. We will ask that you move your neck in a variety of ways to assess your level of mobility.
Whether you’ve dealt with sports injuries or have a degenerative condition, the ways in which a neck issue is diagnosed are very similar. Our team uses state of the art imaging tools to gain a clear picture of your vertebrae, showing us where you may have a pinched nerve or any growths on the spine. We may opt for a CT scan, MRI, or X-ray depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. Specific concerns may also call for an electromyogram or a nerve conduction study. Both of these diagnostic tools allow us to check the electrical activity of your nerves.
An uninjured neck offers us such a full range of movement that we nearly take it for granted, not realizing just how much we rely on it until we experience neck or back pain. Whether you are experiencing a recent onset of discomfort or you find that you have chronic neck pain, we are committed to improving your quality of life. Visit Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates today for a comprehensive diagnosis and get started on the path toward feeling great again.
Neck doctor Kavita Sharma explains the source of back pain to a patient

NECK PAIN TREATMENT

Even if you tend to live a rather sedentary lifestyle, neck pain can still affect your day to day activities. Sitting at the computer for long periods of time or turning your head to look in your blind spot can all lead to unnecessary neck and back pain. Let the professionals at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates help with treatment plans that meet your specific needs.
Our team aims to combine the best chiropractic care and pain management techniques in the city to help you find relief quickly. Depending on your specific condition, the ways in which we suggest treatment will vary, but we will always opt for the least invasive options first. In instances of a strained or sprained neck, often times simply resting and icing the affected area for a few days can help.
Whenever we see patients with a situation that involves chronic neck pain, our primary goal is to improve your quality of life by reducing your discomfort. This can be achieved through the use of anti-inflammatory medications, and in some instances using a cortisone injection can provide longer lasting relief.
After we address this essential element of your treatment, our team will then discuss other options to help manage your chronic neck pain. Physical therapy is highly beneficial for strengthening the muscles surrounding your spine, allowing you to not only find relief from this specific injury but working to prevent future cervical spine concerns.
When these treatments do not offer the kind of relief from neck and back pain that you’re after, we will discuss surgical options. At Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates, this path is typically a last resort, however with improved technology comes the ability to utilize less invasive procedures that aid in faster healing.
New Yorkers don’t have time to deal with neck pain, so visit our office today to learn more about how we can help. By offering extensive diagnoses and comprehensive treatment options, you’ll feel great again in no time.
Taking a conservative and minimally-invasive approach to chronic and acute back pain, our back doctors may recommend a range of options

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