Persistent neck pain negatively affects as many as 20% of the population of the United States. As a skilled pain management specialist, Rehan Ali, MD, offers comprehensive care for chronic neck pain at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute in Paramus, New Jersey. Dr. Ali uses the latest innovations in neck pain treatments, including epidural injections, regenerative medicine, and radiofrequency ablation, to restore your mobility and get you back to your usual activities. For an evaluation of your neck pain, call The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today or request an appointment online now.
Your neck is also known as your cervical spine and has vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles that work together to support your head and give your neck a wide range of motion.
Pain in your neck can be the result of a direct injury, such as from a fall or auto accident, or due to degenerative changes that lead to conditions like:
You can also develop chronic neck pain due to spondylosis (osteoarthritis), a condition where degenerative changes reduce the space between your vertebrae, which causes bones to rub together, creating friction and pain.
While it’s common to have occasional neck stiffness or pain, especially as you get older, you should seek a consultation with Dr. Ali at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute as soon as possible if neck pain isn’t improving with home care and over-the-counter medicines.
You should also schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ali if you have:
If you develop persistent neck pain after a fall or auto accident, you should seek an immediate evaluation to prevent a worsening of your injury and pain.
Once Dr. Ali understands the root cause and severity of your neck pain, he creates a treatment plan that focuses on managing your pain and improving the range of motion in your neck.
You may find relief from chronic neck pain with nerve blocks or injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications. Dr. Ali also offers injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which contain important growth factors that increase the efficiency of your body’s natural healing process.
If your pain stems from compression on your cervical spinal nerves, Dr. Ali may recommend radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to destroy the affected nerves.
Spinal compression fractures in your cervical spine may require a minimally invasive procedure known as kyphoplasty.
This technique uses a balloon that Dr. Ali inflates to widen the space in your spinal canal and reposition the fractured vertebrae. Dr. Ali then applies a bone cement to stabilize the vertebra and provide you with long-term pain relief.
If you’re looking for solutions to relieve chronic neck pain, schedule a consultation at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.