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Neck pain is a comprehensive term to describe discomfort in the neck and surrounding region. It can be caused by the muscles, nerves, vertebrae, and cushioning discs between the vertebrae or any combination of the above. The term neck pain may also be used to describe pain in the areas surrounding the neck such as the shoulders, jaw or head.

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Causes of Neck Pain

One of the most common causes of neck pain is behavioral muscle strain. Actions such as driving a car or hunching over a computer puts stress on the neck and can cause pain. More active stresses such as playing sports and physical labor can also cause neck pain.

However, muscle strain is by no means the only cause of neck pain. It can also be caused by arthritis or nerve compression. There are many causes of nerve compression and the subsequent neck pain. These include but are not limited to bone spurs, facet joint arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated or ruptured discs, and fractures.

Diagnosing Neck Pain

Often times neck pain does not warrant a doctor’s visit. It is most often a mild condition but should you suffer from any of the following symptoms or are not improving on your own then you should seek medical attention.

  • Numbness in hands and arms
  • Shooting pain in the shoulders or down the arms
  • Change in bowel and bladder habits
  • Severe pain that keeps you up at night

Should you decide to seek medical treatment at Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics for these or any other symptoms of neck pain, the first step is always an accurate diagnosis. Through a physical exam, a medical history and other testing, Dr. Joshua Rovner will diagnose your pain and walk you through all your treatment options.

Neck Pain Treatment Options

The right treatment options will be determined at the time of your office consultation. The treatment of neck pain often begins with addressing symptoms, but at Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics, we will also treat the cause. We will start with non-surgical care before moving to surgery. Non-surgical care can sometimes resolve the situation, and we want to be sure this has been explored before doing surgery. 

After a thorough consultation, a non-surgical treatment plan will be created for you that is personalized to your needs. Your non-surgical care will include the treatments below, or often, combinations of these treatments.

  • Ice pack or moist heat to the affected area
  • Relative rest and modification of activities that worsen symptoms
  • Over the counter medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Topical creams and patches 
  • Targeted physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Environment adjustments

  • Massage
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Lumbar support brace (used sparingly for comfort as needed)
  • Cortisone injections
  • Trigger point injections 
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablations

Once non-surgical treatment has been done, if your pain has not resolved, we will look at the right surgery for you to address the cause of your pain. In conjunction with surgery, we will also work with you to incorporate these helpful non-surgical treatments into your overall recovery and healing phase.

Your New Jersey Spine Surgeon for Neck Pain

As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for Neck Pain, whether spine surgery or non-surgical treatment is the best approach. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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