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Neck Pain Specialist

Peak Spine & Sports

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Marlton, NJ & Collingswood, NJ

Neck pain can quickly develop into a chronic problem after starting as a minor inconvenience. At Peak Spine & Sports Medicine in Marlton, Collingswood and Toms River, New Jersey, pain management specialists Jill Kalariya, MD, and Milind Patel, MD, MBA, and their multidisciplinary team assess the vertebrae, muscles, and tendons in your neck to look for damage, nerve compression, and inflammation. They develop a treatment plan for you based on the underlying cause and symptoms. Schedule your consultation for neck pain treatment over the phone or online at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Pain in the neck is often the result of some kind of irritation of the nerve roots in the cervical spine. In a majority of circumstances, neck pain goes away on its own or with mild home care. Long-term, recurrent, or severe neck pain needs a diagnosis and individualized treatment from the experts at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine. 

Which other symptoms can come with neck pain?

Neck pain can come with other symptoms that point to specific underlying causes. When you arrive at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine for a neck pain diagnosis and treatment plan, be sure to mention any additional symptoms like:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Headache
  • Shooting pain down your arms
  • Numbness or tingling in your arms
  • Loss of strength or coordination in your arms
  • Muscle spasms

Sometimes, neck pain or soreness is the sole symptom. After an initial physical examination and review of your medical history, the Peak Spine & Sports Medicine team may order imaging tests like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to get a clearer view of structures within your neck and any perceptible damage affecting them. 

What causes neck pain?

Many conditions and injuries can lead to pain in the neck, inflammation, and stiffness. Peak Spine & Sports Medicine specializes in treating neck pain from:

  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy

Injuries that cause neck pain can be the result of poor posture, awkward sleeping positions, repeated motions, or trauma from whiplash in a car accident. 

Neck pain is often the result of a compressed nerve due to structural issues in the spine. Herniated discs, bone spurs, and inflammation can all place pressure on nerve roots coming from your cervical spine, causing radiculopathy. 

How can I manage my neck pain?

The Peak Spine & Sports Medicine team develops a treatment plan to help you find long-term relief from your neck pain, no matter the cause. 

Typically, home care and management is the first step. If you’ve already tried relieving your neck pain with rest, gentle stretching, and ice or heat application, professional care comes next. Your professional neck pain treatment plan may involve a combination of:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Trigger point injections
  • Cervical epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Anti-inflammatory oral medications
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Treatment at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine starts with noninvasive measures before progressing to more intensive treatments if you need them. However, most neck pain responds well to conservative therapies like physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and over-the-counter medication. 

If it’s hard to manage your neck pain, schedule an evaluation over the phone or online at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine today.