It's no fun having a pain in your neck and can be severely painful and disabling. If you're suffering from neck pain, the experienced team at NJ Spine and Wellness can help. At their offices in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey, you can benefit from expert multidisciplinary care and state-of-the-art technologies that get to the root cause of your neck pain and resolve your discomfort. Call the NJ Spine and Wellness location nearest you to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online to get better faster.
Your neck is working continuously to move and support the weight of your head, but it's less protected than the rest of your spine. This makes your neck vulnerable to soft tissue injuries and spinal damage resulting in pain and restricted movement.
Your neck can suffer from wear-and-tear over the years, as well as acute injuries, leading to problems like cervical stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated cervical discs, and osteoarthritis.
These conditions are particularly problematic when they cause nerve compression or cervical radiculopathy and occur when one of the tissues in your neck starts pressing on your spinal nerves.
Cervical radiculopathy is not only painful; it also causes other problems, such as numbness, tingling, "pins-and-needles" sensations, and weakness that can spread through your shoulders, arms, and hands.
The first step to treating neck pain is to find out what's causing your symptoms.
When you visit NJ Spine and Wellness, they review your complete medical history. Your provider needs to know about any neck complaints you've had in the past. They also want to understand whether you've had an injury or illness that might help diagnose your condition.
Your provider evaluates your neck movements to assess the severity of your neck pain and how limiting it is. They use imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans to review the structures inside your neck.
Your provider also tests your nerve function if they suspect cervical radiculopathy. Nerve function tests usually consist of electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing.
Once they diagnose the reason for your neck pain, the NJ Spine and Wellness team recommends a course of treatment.
For most neck pain conditions, your provider is likely to offer nonsurgical, conservative treatment options first. These may include:
For most patients, a selection of these nonsurgical approaches resolves the cause of neck pain and relieves symptoms. In rare cases, the team might recommend neck surgery as the best course of action.
They prefer and promote conservative, noninvasive neck pain treatment, but sometimes surgery is necessary. This could be the case if you have a herniated disc or other condition putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots or your spinal cord.
If you or someone in your family struggles with neck pain, call NJ Spine and Wellness to schedule an appointment or book online today.