Neck Pain Specialist

Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy

Rheumatology & Physical Therapy located in West Long Branch, NJ

If you wake up each day with neck pain, you're in good company. Neck pain affects one in three people each year, either as a one-time pain or recurring incidents. The team at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy in West Long Branch and Colonia, New Jersey, led by Kiren Sahni, DO, FACR, creates individualized care plans for each patient to treat their neck pain and help prevent it from happening again. If you're living with neck pain, call the practice today or make an appointment through the website.

Neck Pain Q&A

What causes neck pain?

Did you know your head weighs 10-11 lbs? Your neck supports all that weight, so, unsurprisingly, it's vulnerable to situations that can cause pain and reduced range of movement, such as:

Worn joints

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage between your vertebrae to deteriorate, wearing down your neck joint and creating painful bone spurs.

Disease

Some diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and meningitis, can cause neck inflammation and pain.

Injury

Accidents where the head is jerked backward and forwards, like in a car crash or sports collisions, can cause whiplash.

Muscle strain

If you have poor posture or spend time looking down when working on a computer or using your phone, your head becomes heavier, which can strain the neck muscles. Even carrying tension in your neck can be harmful.

Nerve compression

Herniated or bulging discs and bone spurs can press against the nerves in your neck.

The team at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy has experience in treating all types of neck conditions. If you're dealing with neck pain, call the practice today.

When should I see a doctor about neck pain?

Neck pain can be a condition on its own or a symptom of something else, which is why it's important you receive the correct treatment. Typical symptoms of neck pain include muscle spasms or tightness that may also reduce your neck mobility, pain that gets worse when you hold your head in one position for an extended period, and headaches.

Often, these symptoms will pass after a day or two with no need for medical intervention. However, you should see a provider at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe pain
  • Pain that spreads down your arms
  • Pain that persists for several days
  • Accompanying headaches
  • Accompanying numbness or tingling
  • A lump on your neck
  • Fever
  • Nausea

If your neck hurts because you feel or have been in an accident, Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy recommends you go to an emergency room to be checked out first.

What is the treatment for neck pain?

Your provider may recommend several neck pain treatments as part of your individualized care plan. They could include:

  • Pain-relief medication
  • Heat treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Soft-collar immobilization
  • Corticosteroid injections

Take back your quality of life when you partner with Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy for your neck pain problems. Call the practice today or request an appointment through the website.