We often hear the phrase “that’s a pain in the neck”. There’s a reason for that! Neck pain can be debilitating and is commonly associated with a dull ache, headaches and pain that shoots into the arm or hand. The good news is that neck pain can be treated as long as the cause is properly diagnosed.
If you’re seeking help with managing neck pain, please contact Unique Pain Medicine at 929-363-0303 or schedule an appointment online today.
The following conditions cause neck pain. The treatment will depend on the correct diagnosis. The physicians at Unique Pain Medicine of New York will find the reason for your neck pain, and will offer the most effective treatment to eliminate it!
Cervical Degenerative Disk Disease and Herniated Disks
These conditions often presents as neck pain and/or numbness or weakness that radiates into the arm or hand. This typically occurs when a cervical disk herniates and pinches a nerve that is traveling into the arm. The inflammatory response around the nerve often causes painful and debilitating symptoms. This condition must be treated early in the course. If not treated promptly, surgery may be required. If appropriate treatment is initiated, the patient usually makes a full recovery.
Treatments for Cervical degenerative disc disease include:
- Epidural steroid injection
- Physical Therapy and rest
- Medial branch block / Facet injection
- Radiofrequency ablation
Facet Joint Arthritis
Cervical facet joint arthritis or arthropathy is a common cause of neck pain and neck stiffness due to degeneration and arthritis in the cervical spine. The neck pain associated with this condition usually does not radiate into the arms. This condition sometimes causes headaches, as the nerves that travel into the head are affected. The pain is usually described as dull and achy, and it may be difficult to turn your head to the affected side. The pain can radiate into the back of the shoulder blade. Range of motion is typically decreased. This can occur in your professionals who spend a lot of time in front of a computer.
Treatments for Facet Joint Arthritis include:
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Cervical spinal stenosis results in stiffness, pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, arms or hands. Individuals with this condition often experience balance and coordination problems such as shuffling or tripping while walking. Cervical spinal stenosis can be disabling if the spinal cord is damaged.
Treatments for Cervical spinal stenosis include:
- Epidural steroid injection
- Surgical decompression
Headaches And Migraines
Migraine headaches can originate from the small nerves in the neck. The cause of the headache must be properly established in order to provide the most optimal treatment. If traditional migraine treatments are not working, its possible that the cause of the headache is cervicogenic. The treatment for cervicogenic headaches is very different that traditional migraine treatment. Our doctors are trained to identify the exact location of the headache and will provide the most effective treatment that is specific to your condition.
Treatments for migraines include:
Does my health insurance cover treatment for neck pain conditions?
The evaluation and treatment of neck pain conditions is covered by all health insurance plans.
If you are suffering from chronic or acute pain, please contact us at 929-363-0303 or book your appointment online and let’s talk about a pain management treatment plan that is right for you. We offer treatments for neck pain in our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations.