Neck pain is often due to irritation or compression of one or more nerves in your cervical spine. If you have neck pain, experienced surgeons Steve Paragioudakis, MD, and Marc Menkowitz, MD at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine can help. They specialize in cutting edge solutions to neck pain, including minimally invasive spine surgery and robotic surgery, at their Shrewsbury, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, locations. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Neck pain is usually due to damage or deterioration of your musculoskeletal structures. Your neck is vulnerable to both wear-and-tear and acute injuries because it has less protection than other areas of your spine.
It's relatively easy to strain a muscle or tendon, or nerves in your cervical spine to come under pressure from bones, ligaments, or intervertebral discs that are damaged or diseased.
Some of the more common causes of chronic neck pain include:
It's not uncommon for neck problems to cause other unpleasant feelings, such as tingling, prickling, or burning, in addition to pain.
These sensations radiate from your neck down your arms. You might also experience weakness and numbness in your arms due to pressure on the nerves in your neck.
To diagnose the cause of your neck pain, the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine team conducts a thorough physical examination and reviews your medical history and current symptoms.
It's likely that for an accurate diagnosis, you’ll need to undergo diagnostic tests such as:
These tests can pinpoint the cause of your neck pain and determine the extent of any damage or deterioration.
The Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine team is likely to begin your neck pain treatment with a selection of conservative approaches such as physical therapies, medication, or acupuncture. These methods are typically successful for the majority of patients.
If your neck pain doesn’t improve, many minimally invasive procedures may also help. Injections of steroids into the epidural space around your spine could reduce tissue inflammation significantly. Other options include percutaneous disc nucleoplasty and spinal cord stimulation.
If other methods don’t relieve your neck pain, you might need to consider surgery.
The team at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine are experts in minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) and robotic surgery, which help minimize tissue damage, pain, bleeding, and scarring. Your recovery is likely to be shorter, too.
Surgery options for neck pain include:
If you have persistent or severe neck pain, the team at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine can help. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.