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Dealing with Issues of Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common condition faced by a major portion of America’s total population. The condition is a comprehensive term used for describing any discomfort in the neck or surrounding areas such as the jaw, head, or shoulders. More often than not, neck pain is caused by nerves, muscles, joints, and discs or a combination of these undergoing an injury or damage from poor posture at work, accidents, or any other bone or nerve degenerative disorders.

When it comes to treating neck pain, it’s always advisable that you approach experts. At Queens Cross Neurosurgery we offer the highest quality neck pain treatment New York has available. Getting rid of neck pain has never been easier due to Dr. Harrison Mu’s specialized diagnosis and treatment options. He has the comprehensive knowledge and experience of handling neck-pain-causing spinal and neurological issues. He and his team are well-poised to address your urgent and non-urgent concerns.

Learn About Spinal Health from Experts

The cervical spine is, in essence, a pretty complex structure made up of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles. It performs a vital function of supporting the head, enabling movements, and protecting the spinal cord and its delicate nerves.

In most cases, your neck pain will go away within a few days or weeks after taking proper care at home. If the pain continues, it could be a telltale sign of something serious underlying it. This is when you should immediately go for medical treatment and call for an expert’s opinion.

What are the Common Causes of Neck Pain?

At Queens Crossing Neurosurgery, Dr. Harrison Mu and his team have in-depth knowledge and vast experience with the various surgical causes of neck pain. You can be assured of a thorough evaluation before proceeding with any treatment. Common causes seen include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritic disorders
  • Injury to bone, ligaments or joints
  • Vertebral compression fracture
  • Life-threatening conditions such as primary tumors and metastatic cancer
  • Spinal instability
  • Nerve compression

Common causes of neck pain also include acute and chronic cervical sprain or strain. Overdoing some activities like cradling the phone between the shoulder and ear and maintaining poor posture while working on the computer at work can cause neck strain.

At the same time, a powerful injury imposed on your neck, such as whiplash or accidental trauma, may cause a severe neck sprain. Irrespective of the severity of the strain or sprain, pain in the neck can develop and disrupt your day-to-day life and well-being to a tremendous extent.

What to do if your Neck Pain Persists?

Symptoms of neck pain depend on the kind of injury or condition you are facing. For instance, if you experience varying degrees of pain along with stiffness and headache, then it could be because of some soft tissue injuries. But a stiff neck along with fever, vomiting or sensitivity to light could be a sign of meningitis – something that calls for qualified medical attention immediately. Neck pain associated with pain or numbness spreading into the arms and hands may be a sign of nerve compression. Neck pain accompanied by weakness in the arms or decreased coordination in the hands may be a sign of spinal cord compression.

“Pinched nerve”, medically referred to as “Radiculopathy”, describes a condition occurring due to a nerve root getting compressed. A condition like a herniated disc transforms the spine’s anatomy and affects the nerve root furcating from the spinal cord. At worst, the spinal cord itself gets compressed, which results in symptoms called myelopathy.

Here are symptoms of different kinds of neck pain you should know:

Radiculopathy:

  • Tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or arms.
  • Pain spreading to shoulders or down the arms.
  • Weakness in arms and back with or without muscle degeneration.

More Severe Symptoms

Myelopathy:

  • Loss of motor coordination in hands or arms.
  • Frequently dropping objects due to loss of grip.
  • Difficulty performing fine motor movements like buttoning, writing, turning keys, etc.
  • A sensation of weakness or heaviness in the hands or arms.
  • Falling or tripping while walking.

In most cases, your neck pain will improve with proper rest, over-the-counter medications, and mild stretching exercises. But if the pain is severe, persistent, and spreading down the arms, then you should call us for the top neck pain treatment New York residents swear by.

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Treatment Options Available

Dr. Harrison Mu adopts a personalized approach to treating neck pain, considering that every patient is unique and requires unique treatment solutions. He diagnoses the cause of neck pain after observing symptoms, doing a physical examination and reviewing diagnostic test results. He may also request further imaging tests like CT/MRI scans and X-rays. Based on the results derived from the evaluation, Dr. Harrison Mu formulates a treatment that’s best-suited to your condition.

Although neurological surgery is required in some cases of chronic spinal disorders, we at Queens Crossing Neurosurgery, prefer to go the non-invasive way.

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Here’s how your neck pain can be managed without neurological surgery:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Muscle relaxants to reduce spasms.
  • Heat/cold therapy.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Pain management injections.

It’s only when these treatments fail that we begin considering surgical options. These options and alternatives will be carefully reviewed with you. Together, we will decide on what is in your best interest and address the path we need to take to restore your quality of life.

If you are struggling with neck pain, you should approach us at Queens Crossing Neurosurgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrison Mu today!