Neck Pain

Neck Pain Specialist
A "pain in the neck" can be more than just an annoyance: Severe and chronic neck pain is a major cause of disability. That's why pain-management specialist Dr. Randa Jaafar at New York Medicine Doctors is dedicated to helping people like you. With years of experience in the field, Dr. Jaafar focuses on providing her patients with individualized interventional care designed to treat a variety of neck pain disorders. Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Jaafar at New York Medicine Doctors, located in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York.

Neck Pain Q & A

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What kind of neck pain do you have?

The umbrella of "neck pain" covers a broad, comprehensive group of conditions that involve discomfort in any of the structures that make up your neck, such as its:

  • Bones
  • Nerves
  • Muscles
  • Joints

The most commonly described type is a sore or stiff neck, but you might also experience burning or stabbing. The exact form your neck pain may take largely comes down to just what's creating it. While many cases of neck pain are due to the simple wear and tear of daily life, some other underlying causes include:

  • Strained muscles
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve compression
  • Cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (whiplash injuries)
  • Ruptured (herniated or slipped) discs
  • Hereditary disorders
  • Infections of the spine

Dr. Jaafar will work with you to identify, understand, and address any problems contributing to your neck pain.*

What are "discs"?

In the context of neck pain, the term "discs" refers to your intervertebral discs -- specialized structures between each vertebra made up of connective tissue that hold your spine together and provide flexibility as well as a range of movement. Whether due to injury or a genetic disorder, these discs can tear and bulge, placing pressure on nearby structures, such as nerves.

How do medical specialists treat neck pain?

Neck pain associated with muscle tension may be relieved by medications and procedures that relax the muscles. Other strategies, such as massage therapy and acupuncture, may also be effective in these cases.

Dr. Jaafar may also recommend over-the-counter and prescription drugs to reduce inflammation and other causes of neck pain. Some powerful medications must be carefully injected by a skilled physician or other health worker. Botox injections, a service Dr. Jaafar can provide her patients, are sometimes used to relieve certain forms of neck pain, such as torticollis.

Dr. Jaafar may also prescribe analgesics for neck pain that is severe or unrelieved by other interventions.

Is neck pain dangerous?

While most cases of neck pain are limited to just that, it can also be a symptom of certain serious diseases. Some signs that indicate you may need to seek medical care include:

  • Weakness in your arms or hands
  • Numbness
  • Shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm
  • Fever or chills

Remember that neck pain can be a debilitating, chronic neurological disorder. Make sure neck pain isn't holding you back from enjoying life to its fullest: Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaafar through her website today.

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