Neck pain is a common condition that can result from a variety of issues, from injuries to poor posture. If your neck pain has lasted longer than a few days or is accompanied by numbness or tingling, book an appointment with double board-certified physician Uday Bhatt, MD, at NJ Spine and Pain Center PC at any of their locations in Hamilton Square, Monroe, or Flemington, New Jersey, to receive an accurate diagnosis of your condition. The practice specializes in conservative treatment options and compassionate patient care. To speak with Dr. Bhatt about your neck pain, call one of the offices or book your appointment online.
The neck is a complex area composed of bone, muscle, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves. Most neck pain is caused by injuries like whiplash and strains to the muscles and soft tissue in the neck. Overexertion of the neck muscles and tissue can happen quite easily. Hunching over and remaining in awkward or improper positions for extended periods of time is the leading cause of neck strains.
Issues with the joints in the neck can also result in painful symptoms. The most common cause of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs as the joints and cartilage become worn down. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by age and wear and tear on the joints over time.
When the joints become worn down it can result in bone spurs. Conditions like bone spurs and herniated discs exert pressure and irritation on the nerves resulting in pain. If your neck pain lasts longer than a few days or is accompanied by numbness or tingling in the arms, it’s important to discuss your condition with an experienced physician. Dr. Bhatt takes a conservative approach to pain treatment, opting for noninvasive solutions whenever possible.
Before you can begin treatment, Dr. Bhatt has to determine the underlying cause of your condition. First, you and Dr. Bhatt discuss your symptoms as well as your medical history. He then performs a physical exam checking for tenderness, numbness, and weakness. Dr. Bhatt also checks how well you can move your head in different directions.
Depending on the results of your physical exam, Dr. Bhatt may perform a number of other evaluations including an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
In most cases, neck pain can be effectively relieved with at-home care. You and Dr. Bhatt discuss exercises and techniques you can do at home to gradually improve your symptoms. Over-the-counter pain medicines and alternating heat and cold packs can help reduce pain and inflammation as you recover.
Physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments are also effective treatments for mild to moderate neck pain. Physical therapy helps you improve your posture, alignment, and strengthen your neck muscles.
Patients with chronic or severe neck pain may require steroid injections or surgery to effectively address their condition. Dr. Bhatt specializes in conservative pain treatment, pursuing all noninvasive options before considering surgery. During your appointment, you and Dr. Bhatt discuss the best treatment option for your specific needs.
To speak with Dr. Bhatt about relieving your neck pain, call the office or schedule your visit online.