New York Spine Institute Spine Services

Spine Conditions: Neck Pain

Dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care and treatment for neck pain, New York Spine Institute is here to help with your recovery and overall welfare. Feel free to visit us at one of our various offices all across the greater New York City area.


Neck issues can affect people in various , intense ways. Results of problems with your neck can lead to issues involving pain and discomfort when performing simple tasks you used to fulfill with ease. Due to this irritation, many people can have problems socially, at work and at home. You do not have to give up! At New York Spine Institute, any neck conditions we treat are handled with cautious and attentive measures. We make sure to treat your spine problem accordingly and based upon your unique situation. We are able to do this by analyzing your

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Why Choose New York Spine Institute

Quality Care

Based upon your specific diagnosis, you will receive personalized care at NYSI. in order to help manage your painful symptoms, our experienced doctors are ready to supply you with high quality care and proper treatment options.

Industry Leaders

Our team works under the supervision of our medical director, Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D. FAAOS. At NYSI, the spine doctors are industry leaders who are well versed with various neck and spine disorders and are able to provide our patients with the suitable treatment options.

Multiple Languages

Our professional staff at NYSI speak various languages so that we are able to accommodate all of our patients. Languages our staff speaks include Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian. We look forward to serving all of our patients needs.


Understanding the Causes Of Your Neck Pain

A very common symptom of neck pain is experiencing discomfort within the right side of your neck. This pain can be because of a muscle strain or another cause. If the pain persists, it is best to see a doctor, as using home remedies can only treat so much.

The neck consists of spinal bones, muscles and other tissues. Therefore this makes it a vital part of the human body. However, it is exposed and at risk of injury more than other parts of the body. It also tends to strain due to how people are prone to move it constantly every day.

Along with neck pain, it is possible for a person to experience pain in connected areas; these being: shoulders, back, jaw and head.


Diagnosing Your Neck Pain

It is important to note that these are most of the common causes of neck pain:

    1. Wear and tear. The vertebrae and discs within the neck, with age, may begin to wear down. As this occurs, chronic or persistent pain in the neck can be a result. This may also cause: inflammation, pinched nerves, cervical fractures, arthritis and cervical disc degeneration.
    2. Sleeping position. How you sleep at night, along with the number of pillow you may use and the firmness of your mattress can affect the way your shoulders, back and neck feel in the morning. Sleeping with lack of support for your head or neck can amount to you waking with a sore neck.
    3. General neck pain. Not always is it easy to identify the exact cause of neck pain. A minor sprain or tear to the muscle tissue can sometimes be the reasoning for you to be experiencing neck pain without an obvious cause. This can sometimes be a result from poor posture or if you are holding your neck out of alignment for extended periods of time. All of this can result in strain to the muscles in your neck.
    4. Anxiety and stress. People can often refer to holding tension within their neck and back and a lot of the time this pain can be a cause of excess strain from stress, as it can cause the muscles to tighten.
    5. Sudden-onset or acute torticollis. When the head becomes twisted to one side it is referred to as the medical condition: torticollis. The cause of this is not always known. Doctors believe that reasoning for this is because of minor ligaments or muscle sprains in the neck. However, the neck being exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time can also be a cause of this. Torticollis can occur mostly overnight, meaning that the symptoms will not happen beforehand, but when waking up the individual may not be able to move their neck. In most cases, however, the pain will go away after a few days and natural movement should return. Although torticollis can be a symptom of more severe health issues, such as tumors, infections and side effects from taking medication.
    6. Brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is the collection of nerves that connect the spinal cord in the neck to the hands (American Society for Surgery of the Hand). Therefore if a neck injury does occur and affects the brachial plexus, this may result in pain to occur within the hand as well.
    7. Whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs after the head moves out of alignment and then back into it very quickly. Whiplash can occur anywhere beyond car accidents. These being during sporting activities or anywhere else where sudden movement occurs.
    8. Cervical radiculopathy. Oftenly referred to as a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy can occur when there is irritation of the nerves within the spinal cord creates pain that radiates down the neck and into the arm. The primary symptoms of this are as follows: numbness in the arms, pins and needles in the arms and pain or weakness in part of the arms. Causes of cervical radiculopathy can be cervical spondylosis *neck arthritis) and a prolapsed disc.
    9. Rare causes. Less common causes of neck can be: rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, serious injury, damage to the nerves, vertebrae or spinal cord, infections and bone disorders.

Treatment Options For Neck Pain

With mild or moderate neck pain, you can usually treat the symptoms at home. Concerning some cases, neck pain will clear up quickly over the course of a day, while sometimes, others may require a few weeks.

A few possible methods to ease pain without seeking medical attention at first are as follows:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Applying heat such as: heating pads, within baths, or warm towels
  • Massaging the neck
  • Stretching the neck
  • Reducing stress
  • Applying ice to the irritated area
  • Practicing good posture when doing any activity. Such as sitting, standing and walking
  • Sleeping is a neck supported position
  • Performing exercises that help keep the neck strong

Not always will home remedies work, however, and seeking medical treatment is the next step. The treatment, however, will always depend on if there are underlying conditions for the cause of the pain.

Doctors may recommend the following:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Injecting medications directly into the neck
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Surgery

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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