Degenerative disc problems in your cervical spine, injury, and aging are all common causes of neck pain. If you have neck pain that isn’t getting better with home remedies, Abdul Qadir, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at Regional Pain Care, in Pleasantville, New Jersey, gets to the underlying causes of your neck pain so he can provide effective, therapeutic treatments. You don’t have to suffer from neck pain and the associated symptoms. Call to schedule a thorough exam to take the first step toward pain relief.
Your neck, or cervical spine, is a complex network of joints, nerves, and muscles that work together to support your head and allow you to turn, tilt, and nod your head. When you strain the muscles in your neck, injure the vertebrae, or have a degenerative condition like arthritis, you experience pain and stiffness and possibly decreased mobility. Neck pain may also lead to headaches, shoulder pain, and upper back pain.
Typical causes of neck pain include:
Dr. Qadir takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating and diagnosing the underlying causes of your neck pain so he can treat it accordingly.
Depending on the underlying cause of your neck pain, Dr. Qadir develops a treatment plan to reduce inflammation, treat muscular problems, and relieve pain from other issues. As a board-certified medical acupuncturist and pain management specialist, Dr. Qadir may recommend neck pain therapies that include:
Additionally, making changes at home or at work, such as sleeping on a more supportive pillow, or adjusting your posture while you sit at a desk, can relieve neck pain and stress on muscles.
To some extent, it’s possible to prevent chronic neck pain. Although some neck pain comes with normal, age-related wear and tear, you can help minimize the onset of symptoms by making adjustments to your posture and daily habits.
For example, avoid carrying heavy bags over your shoulder to prevent neck strain. And don’t cradle your phone between your ear and shoulder as that puts stress on your neck. Use headphones instead.
Quitting smoking can lower your risk of neck pain, as does sleeping on your back instead of your side or stomach. When you sleep on your back with your head and neck properly supported, you allow your entire spine to rest comfortably.
Finally, text less. Spending several hours a day looking down at your smartphone puts excessive strain on your neck muscles, ligaments, and joints, and this can lead to premature degenerative disc disease.
If you suffered a neck injury that isn’t getting better, or you wake up with neck pain every day, call Regional Pain Care to make an appointment.