Sometimes a poor night of sleep or a quick twist of your neck can cause temporary neck pain and discomfort, but when neck pain affects your life more days than not, it’s time to seek medical attention. At Regen Pain NJ, serving Clifton, New Jersey, and the nearby communities, Todd Koppel, MD, is a board-certified physician with over 20 years of experience in pain management. Dr. Koppel takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of your neck pain so you get long-lasting relief. Call for an appointment or use the online booking system.
Your neck is an intricate network of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves that make up your cervical spine from the base of your skull to your upper torso. Your neck is designed to support your head and allow you to move from side to side, forward and backward, with strength and flexibility. When any area of the muscles, tendons, or joints in your neck become injured, inflamed, or strained, you have neck pain and stiffness.
Additionally, if you irritate the nerves in your neck, it’s possible to experience neck pain that extends into your shoulder, arms, and back. In extreme cases, a compressed nerve in your neck can even cause pain in your legs.
Most neck pain comes from:
Dr. Koppel evaluates your condition and examines your cervical spine so he can accurately diagnose the underlying causes of your neck pain and prescribe effective, noninvasive treatments.
Depending on your condition, Dr. Koppel may recommend any combination of testing to fully understand your neck pain. These diagnostic tests often include:
Once Dr. Koppel understands the complexity of your neck pain, he recommends effective treatments to reduce symptoms and improve mobility.
In some cases, you may get relief through physical therapies and other conservative treatments, like massage, heat, and rest. When neck pain affects the quality of your life, interventional therapies may provide the relief you’re looking for. Dr. Koppel specializes in minimally invasive therapies for cervical spine pain, including:
Dr. Koppel usually recommends the most conservative approach at first, and if your neck pain doesn’t respond, he prescribes additional treatments.
For expert neck pain relief that doesn’t just mask your symptoms, but treats the underlying cause, call Regen Pain NJ to request a consultation, or use the online scheduler.