Neck pain that stops you from performing daily activities or going to work is frustrating. If your neck pain won’t go away, Aditya Patel, MD, at Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute in Fairview, New Jersey and Montclair, NJ, can help. Dr. Patel offers a range of non-surgical treatments, including epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation. Find out how to resolve your neck pain by calling Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute today. You can also schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment online.
Neck pain can develop slowly as the bones, discs, and tissues deteriorate due to aging. Or it can happen suddenly if you experience an acute trauma, such as an auto accident, fall, sports injury, or accident at work. A third potential cause is overuse or repetitive strain — making the same movements repeatedly that irritate the tissues or cause a buildup of tiny injuries.
The issues Dr. Patel sees at Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute include:
Sprains, strains, and whiplash are typically acute injuries. When the tissue damage heals, your neck pain usually disappears. However, when healing is incomplete or unsatisfactory, the pain can persist and become a chronic problem.
Your chances of having neck pain are also high if your posture is poor — sitting with your neck bent over and sleeping with your head at an awkward angle are frequent causes of neck problems.
Neck pain and functional problems in your neck can make moving your head hard or even impossible. That has a significant effect on your ability to accomplish daily tasks, particularly driving or cycling.
You might also experience headaches along with your neck pain or symptoms that affect your shoulders, arms, and hands. Pain that radiates along your arms is typically due to cervical radiculopathy — pressure on the nerves in your neck.
The nerves affected are those leaving your spinal cord. Any misalignments, damaged tissues, or inflammation in your cervical spine (the top seven vertebrae) could trap or pinch the nerves and cause symptoms like pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and loss of function.
Dr. Patel can find the cause of your neck pain after conducting a physical examination, reviewing your symptoms, and looking at diagnostic images like MRIs, CT scans, or X-rays.
At Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute, Dr. Patel offers effective non-surgical treatments for neck pain, such as:
Dr. Patel has considerable experience using conservative and minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to improve pain and increase function. His treatments can often resolve the cause of neck pain, which means you may no longer need prescription pain medication.
For a consultation with Dr. Patel, call the Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute office today or book an appointment online.