Neck pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain in adults. While mild neck pain severely affects your overall health and quality of life, severe neck pain can be debilitating. At One Oak Medical, Dr. Faisal Mahmood and Dr. Ahmad Badri specialize in relieving neck pain using treatments ranging from the most conservative options to minimally invasive surgery. If you suffer from neck pain, schedule an appointment using the online booking tool or call one of the offices in Wayne, Paramus, Middletown, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York.
Your neck consists of seven small cervical vertebrae that are responsible for supporting the weight of your head and providing the full range of motion. This combination of bearing weight and extensive movement make the neck susceptible to injuries and degenerative disease.
Neck pain often arises from sprains and strains caused by accidents, falls, and sports activities. Many patients develop neck pain from prolonged bending as they use electronic equipment.
Other common causes of neck pain include:
Although the key symptom is neck pain, you may also experience muscle tightness, muscle spasms, and limited head movement. Depending on the underlying cause, you may develop headaches or feel pain, tingling, and numbness that travels down your arms.
When your neck pain persists for several days or you develop severe pain, headaches, or signs of nerve involvement -- radiating through your arms or weak arm and hand muscles -- it’s essential to prevent possible complications by scheduling an exam at One Oak Medical.
Treatment for neck pain is based on its underlying cause and its severity. After a thorough examination and diagnostic tests, Dr. Mahmood or Dr. Badri may temporarily immobilize your neck to reduce pressure. Other treatment options include:
Your doctor may recommend modifying your activities to relieve stress placed on your neck or ask you to apply ice and heat.
Various topical and oral pain medications and muscle relaxants may provide pain relief. In severe cases, corticosteroid injections reduce inflammation and significantly alleviate your pain.
This type of treatment includes structured exercise, therapeutic massage, posture or ergonomic training, electrical stimulation, and other techniques designed to strengthen and stretch soft tissues, boost circulation, and promote healing.
If your pain doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, Dr. Mahmood or Dr. Badri may recommend surgery to repair underlying problems like a bone spur or herniated disc. Should you need surgery, you can count on your surgeon’s expertise in minimally invasive surgery.
Don’t let ongoing neck pain affect your ability to work or enjoy daily life. Call One Oak Medical or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.