Most of us have experienced nagging pain in our neck after “sleeping wrong.” That kink usually goes away in less than a day. But what about the type of neck pain that persists and robs us daily of fun and activity?
When Neck Pain Is More Than Just A Kink
Chronic neck pain is a common complaint that board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Frank Ocasio treats at North Shore Headache and Spine in Huntington, New York. Cervical sprains and strains, like whiplash, cramps, and pain from poor posture (i.e. staring at a computer screen all day), occur among people of all ages.
There are many different origin stories for neck pain. Injuries and day-to-day activities can lead to wear-and-tear in the bones, muscles, and soft tissues in the neck that ultimately limit your mobility. Dr. Ocasio takes all of these behaviors and lifestyle factors into consideration when diagnosing and treating chronic neck pain. He uses his 10+ years of experience as a physician and former massage therapist to holistically treat your neck pain.
What Causes Neck Pain?
The cervical spine, or neck, includes a number of vertebrae (bones), discs, muscles, and nerves that are vulnerable to damage. Responsible for supporting the weight of your head and providing movement, the neck’s role in your day-to-day function can’t be understated.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and hunching over at your desk can all strain the muscles that support your neck. Whiplash, which happens when your muscles pull in one direction too suddenly — like during a car accident — can also lead to chronic neck pain.
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, causes cartilage to break down. Cartilage is the flexible tissue that protects the outside of your joints. Without cartilage acting as a barrier between your bones, friction can lead to chronic pain, stiffness, and low range of motion in your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It causes the lining inside your joints to swell, causing chronic pain that limits your neck’s range of motion.
Compressed nerves can lead to chronic pain. Whether you have nerve damage from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or a compression fracture, Dr. Ocasio can treat the root of your pain.
Relief From Neck Pain Is Within Reach
Dr. Ocasio is a leading anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who understands the complexities of neck pain. He offers the latest, most advanced neck pain treatments to deliver lasting relief without invasive surgery or potentially addictive narcotics.
Are You Ready to Experience Lasting Pain Relief?
Many of the nonsurgical treatments that Dr. Ocasio performs pair well with physical therapy and other rehabilitation programs. These treatments offer many benefits for individuals with chronic pain:
- Minimally invasive or noninvasive
- Little to no downtime
- Shorter recovery than surgery
- Long-term relief from pain
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved range of motion in damaged joints
- Enhanced mobility
Contact Our Pain Management Clinic For Neck Pain
Damaged nerves, degenerated joints, and injuries are no match for the advanced neck pain treatments at North Shore Headache and Spine. To find the best treatment for you, contact our office today.
Why Choose North Shore Headache and Spine?
INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS &
With our in-office diagnostic imaging, dozens of innovative treatments, and full regenerative medicine service offerings, we are able to examine, diagnose, and treat patients experiencing chronic pain all under one roof.
Instead of masking symptoms with a quick-fix approach, we focus on every lifestyle aspect to determine the root causes of pain and develop non-narcotic solutions.
Our team values each and every one of our patients. We understand the toll that chronic pain takes on your physical and mental health, and we’re committed to listening to your concerns and creating the right treatent plan for you.
Pain Management Treatment Options
North Shore Headache and Spine offers the latest modalities for neck pain, including, but not limited to:
Treatments that harness radiofrequency energy to target dysfunctional nerves, like radiofrequency ablation and cryoneurolysis, may alleviate chronic pain at the source.
Regenerative medicine is an umbrella term for a variety of cutting-edge treatments that use substances in your own body to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and repair musculoskeletal damage. Dr. Ocasio offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy to trigger your body’s natural healing abilities.
Central and Peripheral Stimulation
Nerve stimulating devices, such as central nerve system stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation, intercept pain signals from damaged nerves to relieve discomfort. After a comprehensive physical evaluation, Dr. Ocasio can recommend the right nerve stimulation treatment for your neck pain.
A nerve block delivers a combination of medication and an anesthetic directly into the space surrounding a damaged nerve to quickly relieve pain.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are like small knots in the muscle that can cause pain and stiffness. Injecting a numbing anesthetic directly into the trigger point may provide long-term pain relief.
Cervical Epidural Injections
An epidural is an anti-inflammatory steroid that Dr. Ocasio can inject into the space surrounding your cervical spine to reduce pain and inflammation.
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