Neck pain caused by a minor strain or sleeping “funny” often goes away within a week or so. But neck pain that continues or spreads into your shoulders and arms needs to be looked at by the qualified team of pain management specialists at Health East Medical Alliance. The practice has offices in Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, Schuylerville in the Bronx Morris Heights in the Bronx, and Staten Island, New York, and in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey. Call today or use the online tool to set up an appointment to have your neck pain diagnosed and treated.
Neck pain can develop due to poor posture, sleeping awkwardly, or hunching over a computer all day, every day. You can usually resolve this kind of neck pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, ice and heat therapy, and gentle stretches.
But persistent and/or radiating neck pain can indicate a serious condition that requires medical treatment by a qualified team like the one at Health East Medical Alliance. Chronic neck pain can be crippling and interfere with your ability to stay active and do simple daily tasks.
You can experience neck pain as sharpness, soreness, or stiffness. Also, be concerned if your neck pain comes with headaches, muscle spasms, or pain and weakness in your arms.
An accident, fall, or sports injury — all can cause acute neck pain. It usually lasts just a few weeks and is treatable with rest, bracing, and over-the-counter painkillers, like ibuprofen or aspirin.
Chronic neck pain can result from:
Smoking, weak neck muscles, and poor posture are common reasons why some people are more vulnerable to neck pain than others.
The team at Health East Medical Alliance does a thorough evaluation of your symptoms. They complete a physical exam and ask you to move in specific ways to assess your range of motion, flexibility, and sensitivities.
You might also undergo imaging procedures, like an MRI and X-rays, to narrow down the cause of your neck pain.
A correct diagnosis is essential in developing an effective treatment.
Health East Medical Alliance treats neck pain with medication management, therapeutic injections, and physical therapy.
Your therapy plan can also include:
In severe cases in which these treatments don’t relieve the pain and restore your quality of life, surgery will be recommended.
Get help for your neck pain. Call Health East Medical Alliance today at any of their offices or use the online tool to book an appointment.