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Neck pain is a common problem with many possible causes.
Most cases of neck pain are due to muscle strain, especially from poor posture or improper positioning while working, reading, watching TV, texting, using the computer, or sleeping. Neck pain can also be due to soft tissue sprains.
Neck pain generally gets better with non-surgical treatment: medication, physical therapy, heat or cold packs, etc.
The neurosurgeons at The Spine Center at the Neurological Institute of New York handle the few remaining cases of neck pain that may require surgery.
For general information about the spine, and the many parts of it that can contribute to neck pain, please see our overview page here.
For the most part, episodes of neck pain may cause stiffness or soreness for a couple of days or weeks before resolving on their own.
However, the following symptoms are potential “red flags” that might lead a patient to see a neurosurgeon:
|Causes and Risk Factors|
Acute neck pain can be caused by muscle strains or soft tissue sprains that have resulted from sleeping incorrectly, pulling a neck muscle, or suffering another minor injury.
On the other hand, neck pain can also be caused by conditions such as:
|Tests and Diagnosis|
If a patient presents with neck pain, the doctor may order the following diagnostic procedures:
In the majority of cases, nonoperative measures can relieve neck pain. Such measures include pain medications, ice/heat, and physical therapy.
If the neck pain is caused by a more serious condition, then surgical intervention may be required.
In some cases, the surgeon may need to fuse bones together to restore stability in the spine. This procedure is referred to as spinal fusion.
|Preparing for Your Appointment|
Each of the neurosurgeons at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York have expertise in certain surgical treatments of conditions resulting in neck pain. Please see your specific condition to find the doctor best suited to your needs. Each can also offer you a second opinion.
Helpful Surgery Overviews
Dr. McCormick will choose the treatment method specific to each patient and situation. Some of the condition’s treatment options may be listed below.
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