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Cervicalgia

“The most common source of neck pain that can be easily treated”

Neck pain develops following an injury to the dynamic muscle stabilizers or static  ligamentous structures of the neck. Chronic strain or repetitive neck injuries make  up 85% of all neck pain complaints. An injury can be from excessive muscle tension or stretching as well as muscle fatigue from overuse.

Why your neck hurts.

Pain related to cervicalgia initially develops due to an injury or sustained abnormal posture. Continuation of poor posture exacerbates the pain. The pain initially starts in the muscles and ligaments and if the pain becomes long standing also begins to come from the discs and nerves in the neck.

Symptoms

• Localized or diffuse non-radiating neck pain
• Worsened with abnormal posture
• May be associated with headaches
• Usually a self-limiting condition
• Recurrent episodes of increasing frequency and intensity are possible

If you are experiencing neck pain you could be suffering from cervicalgia.
Our expert doctors at Spine & Sports Medicine of New York use expertise in innovative assessments to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain.

Other diseases that can mimic cervicalgia include:

• Disc herniation
• Occipital neuralgia
• Osteoarthritis
• Fractures
• Soft tissue or bony trauma
• Spondyloarthropathies
• Temporomandibular joint abnormalities with referral into the neck
• Tumors
• Torticollis

Our Board-Certified Physicians Can Accurately Diagnose the Source of Your Pain

We conduct a thorough clinical evaluation to determine if the pain is generated from specific structures in your neck as well as other conditions that share similar symptoms. We begin our evaluation of your problem with a complete medical history using detailed information gathering tools followed by a focused physical examination. We then confirm our diagnosis withspecialized tests which may include x-rays, CT, electrodiagnostic (EMG) studies, ultrasonography, or MRI.

“No surgery is needed to relieve your cervicalgia”

Treatments

There are a number of treatments that can be effective. The key is determining the treatment that is right for you. Some treatments include:

• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as naprosyn or ibuprofen
• Muscle relaxants
• Short term pain medications
• Limited use of a cervical collar, primarily at night
• Acupuncture
• Intermittent lightweight cervical traction to decrease muscle spasms and pain
• Physical therapy with a home exercise program focused on posture, pain  control and neck range of motion
• Trigger point injections to block the reflexive spasm if 2 to 4 weeks have passed without significant improvement
• Epidural steroid injections to relive pain associated with nerve irritation
• Subcutaneous perineural injection therapy to decrease fascial tension

Here’s what you can expect if one of our pain specialists treats your pain:
• Relief of neck pain to get you back to living.
• Several treatment options available to target the root of the problem
• May be accompanied by physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the neck stabilizer muscles
• Posture awareness to eliminate the source of the pain
• Many patients gain considerable to complete relief with an interventional procedure
• No general anesthesia, surgery or prolonged recovery periods to slow you down from your busy schedule
• Thousands of patients have been helped by our innovative approach to cervicalgia

References
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conditions: the role for physical therapy, occupational therapy, bracing, and modalities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Mar;88(3 Suppl 1):S14-7.
Panagos A. Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference-Spine (ed. Buschbacher R.M.)
New York: Demos Publishing; 2010. p. 108-109.Swezey RL. Chronic neck pain. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1996 Aug;22(3):411-37.

This is a lateral x-ray of the cervical spine demonstrating a C4-5  anterolisthesis (the top bone is forward compared with the bottom) as well as  degenerative disc degeneration of the lower cervical discs (irregular joint surfaces)

This is a lateral x-ray of the cervical spine demonstrating a C4-5
anterolisthesis (the top bone is forward compared with the bottom) as well as
degenerative disc degeneration of the lower cervical discs (irregular joint surfaces)

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