Pain Management of Long Island
Pain Management & Anesthesiology located in Medford, NY
Neck pain is one of the most common pain complaints among adults. Mehran Golpariani, MD is familiar with all the issues that can cause neck pain, including developmental problems, age-related complications, and trauma. Before living another day in discomfort, schedule an evaluation at Pain Management of Long Island in Medford, New York. Dr. Golpariani and his team offer the most advanced pain-relieving treatments, so you can start feeling better right away. Book your visit either online or over the phone.
Neck Pain Q & A
What causes neck pain?
Pinpointing the exact cause of your chronic or acute neck pain can be difficult because one or combination of issues could be the problem. Neck pain typically correlates with the following factors:
- Trauma, injury, or whiplash
- Emotional stress or fibromyalgia
- Poor posture and slouching
- Herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc
- Temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ)
You’re likely to need a thorough exam to determine the root of your neck pain, and this typically involves getting X-rays or ultrasound imaging. Some men and women require additional, more vivid imaging, like a CT scan or MRI.
Depending on your specific symptoms, you could require lab work to check for inflammatory markers. Inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, could also be causing your neck pain.
Which neck pain treatments do I need?
Dr. Golpariani creates a custom treatment plan based on the cause of your neck pain. Most men and women respond well to a combination of treatment options. For instance, nerve blocks involve injecting medication into the affected area to impair pain signaling to your brain, which ultimately results in decreased pain.
For some cases, he may also recommend targeted epidural injections, which involve injecting a combination of a local anesthetic and steroid medication in the area where the nerve exits your spinal column.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Physical therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Posture-strengthening exercises
All neck pain treatments are tailored to your specific condition and the cause of your pain; there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
How long does it take neck pain treatments to work?
While you’re likely to experience some pain relief shortly after a nerve block, injection, or acupuncture treatment, it’s common for treatment plans to prescribe a series of treatments for optimal pain relief.
Nerve blocks and epidural injections can provide relief for months, sometimes up to one year or more. When they wear off, you can schedule a repeat treatment.
Acupuncture is an ongoing pain-relief treatment. You may benefit from weekly or bi-weekly sessions, depending on the severity of your pain. Once you experience optimal relief from neck pain, it’s common to schedule “maintenance” acupuncture sessions to prevent future neck pain issues.
Schedule an exam at Pain Management of Long Island to get started on your neck pain treatment. You can use the online scheduling system, or call the clinic.