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Neck Pain

Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care

Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY, Bronx, NY, Jamaica, NY, Englewood, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Neck pain has always been a common problem, but with the advent of the desk job, computers, and smartphones, it’s now more common than ever. If you’re suffering from severe or enduring neck pain, seek out treatment at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, with offices around New York City, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Englewood and Jersey City, New Jersey. Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, offers you expert, compassionate care. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are some symptoms of neck pain?

Common neck pain-related complaints include:

  • Neck muscle spasms and tightness
  • Headache
  • Decreased ability to turn the head
  • Pain that increases when you hold your head in one position for a long time

What causes neck pain?

Among the most common causes of neck pain are:

  • Compressed nerves in the neck bones (the cervical vertebrae)
  • A herniated disc in the neck
  • Muscle strain
  • Soft tissue strains from whiplash in a car accident or sports injury
  • Osteoarthritis and worn joints
  • Diseases like cancer, meningitis, and rheumatoid arthritis

How can I prevent neck pain?

To prevent neck pain, consider adopting lifestyle changes, including:

  • Good posture while sitting and standing
  • Positioning your computer screen at eye level, with your knees slightly lower than your hips
  • Taking frequent breaks to stretch during travel or while working at a desk
  • Sleeping with your neck and head aligned with your body, and your thighs elevated
  • Quitting smoking and other tobacco use
  • Using a headset or speakerphone instead of holding the phone against your shoulder with your ear
  • Lifting with your legs

When is it time to see a doctor about my neck pain?

Neck pain isn’t usually serious and typically goes away on its own. However, if your pain is severe, has persisted for several days, or if you experience any of the following symptoms with your neck pain, consider visiting Dr. Okubadejo:

  • Weakness or tingling
  • Numbness
  • Headache

When you see Dr. Okubadejo, he will determine the cause of your neck pain, and treat you with physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, or surgery, starting with the least invasive treatment.

Physical therapy

During off-site physical therapy sessions, you stretch and do exercises designed to ease your pain. Your physical therapist can teach your alignment exercises, neck-strengthening exercises, and correct posture. They’ll often prescribe heat or ice application for pain.

Epidural injections

Epidural steroid injections lessen your pain by decreasing inflammation at the injection site.

Surgery

Of the three treatments, surgery is the last resort. During surgery, Dr. Okubadejo relieves pressure on a nerve root or compression of the spinal cord. But whenever possible, Dr. Okubadejo prefers to use more conservative, less invasive treatment routes.

To get to the root cause of the problem, schedule an appointment with Dr. Okubadejo at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care today. You can book your visit online or over the phone.