Neck Pain Treatment from our Manhattan Chiropractor
Your neck may take up a relatively small amount of your body's total area, but it can produce some of the biggest and most painful challenges to your health, function and quality of life that you can imagine. Apart from the agony of the pain itself, a nagging neck problem can make it impossible for you turn your head in any direction, find a comfortable sitting position or get anything like a decent night's sleep. Perhaps you've had this pain for a long time, but you're afraid to seek invasive treatments such as neck surgery or hesitant to depend on drugs for relief. In that case, you've come to the right place for help. Our NYC neck pain doctor at NuView Health Medical of Manhattan, Dr. Alan Belsky, can diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and provide a mix of all-natural therapies to help you overcome it.
Neck Pain's Many Possible Causes
Neck pain can prove extremely frustrating, not least because it may have many possible causes involving different internal structures. The single body part you think of as your neck is a complex assembly of bones, cushioning intervertebral discs, facet joints that permit movement, muscles and connective tissues to make those movements, and of course the spinal cord itself nestled in the midst of it all. Any failure, disease or damage in any of these working parts can lead to neck pain. Your neck pain may be the result of:
- Cervical spinal degeneration - Age-related degeneration of the cervical spine is a common cause of neck pain. Bulging discs that lose their normal height may irritate the facet joints, which may also develop osteoarthritis.
- Pinched nerve tissue - If a bulging or injured disc herniates, the extruded inner disc material may press against nerve roots. Spinal stenosis, a progressive narrowing of the canal that contains the spinal cord, can also cause nerve impingement. You may then experience pain, not just in your neck, but also in an arm, shoulder or hand.
- Poor posture and/or spinal misalignment - Habitual posture problems can strain the neck muscles that support the wright of the head. This strain may take the form of "text neck" in individuals who let their heads droop forward when looking at their mobile devices. An undiagnosed upper cervical misalignment can also create subtle but significant neck strain.
- Whiplash - Whiplash is the classic example of an acute neck injury. The forces of an auto accident or other traumatic event can whip the head forward and backward, causing multiple neck issues such as strained muscles, vertebral misalignment, and herniated discs.
Conservative Care Options From Our Neck Pain Doctor
Traditional neck pain treatment methods can sound worse than the problem they attempt to treat. Major surgery to alter the neck components is an understandably worrying proposal, while painkillers can only numb the discomfort temporarily while raising the possibility of addiction or interaction with other medications. Our Midtown Manhattan neck pain doctor can address the reasons for your neck pain, making non-surgical corrections that relieve the pain with no need for drugs.
The first step, of course, is a detailed medical examination. We will inspect your neck while also considering your medical history, current symptoms, lifestyle, work habits, age and other factors. Once we understand the true nature and origin of your problem, we can administer neck pain treatment right away. In many cases, chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine can resolve symptoms by restoring normal joint alignment and function, balancing the burden on your neck muscles and taking pressure away from nerves. Our other treatment methods are equally valuable. Massage and cold laser therapy can both encourage soft tissue healing and relieve muscle inflammation; acupuncture can add to your relief by triggering the production of natural endorphins. Our NYC neck pain specialist may also recommend physical therapy to help you rehabilitate a painfully injured neck.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Manhattan Chiropractor
Has neck pain finally stretched your tolerance to the breaking point? If so, it's time to take action -- but only if it's the right action. Don't risk your neck when it comes to getting the treatment this delicate part of the body requires. Call (212) 588-0707 to schedule a visit to our neck pain specialist at NuView Medical of Manhattan. Immediate appointments are available, so stop hurting and start healing today!