Behind That Pain in Your Neck

Neck pain affects around 10% of the human population at any given time. If you are the one out of 10, you may be spinning your wheels trying to figure out what is causing your neck pain and desperately trying to find ways to cure it.

At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine located in Ramsey, New Jersey, our expert pain management physicians Dr. Kevin McElroy and Dr. Steven Ferrer can provide relief for neck pain using an array of nonsurgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment options.

Top causes of neck pain

Neck pain can come from an injury, be caused by sleeping wrong, or present as part of a chronic condition. Our team can help give you an accurate diagnosis and provide treatment.

Injury

One of the most common causes of neck pain is whiplash injury. Whiplash pain is prompted by a sudden back-and-forth motion that causes mild damage to the soft tissues of the neck. The most common source of whiplash is a car accident or sporting injury.

Tech neck / text neck

When you hunch over a desk or spend hours looking down at a screen or keyboard, you can develop “tech neck” or “text neck.” Neck muscles get strained from the head being kept in a forward tilted position. Heat may help relax the muscles, but without a lifestyle change, the pain is likely to return.

Nerve compression 

A herniated disc in your neck can also cause pain. Usually this is more than an ache; it can be a sharp, stabbing pain that radiates down your shoulder and into your arm. This happens because the nerves are pinched and compressed. Icing may numb the pain temporarily, but it will often return.

Osteoarthritis 

As you age, any damage you are doing to your neck will accumulate. You can eventually start feeling the effects of osteoarthritis causing deterioration to the vertebrae and cartilage. Bone spurs may form and trigger nerve pain. You may also find this limits your neck mobility, making it hard to turn your head from side-to-side.

Treatment for neck pain

At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine, we can provide relief from your neck pain. Your doctor will first determine its cause, then create a treatment plan that can include physical therapy, regenerative medicine, or other treatments to manage your pain and restore your flexibility.  

Ready to find out what's behind your neck pain? Contact our office at 201-201-0443, or book an appointment online using our scheduling tool. 

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