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Acute and Chronic Neck Pain Relief in Manalapan, NJ

Acute and Chronic Neck Pain Relief in Manalapan, NJ

Many people in our community come to Manalapan Spine Care and Rehabilitation in Manalapan, suffering with a stiff neck, neck discomfort or chronic neck pain. According to studies, it is one of the top 5 health concerns that affects most people. Unfortunately, many do not realize how important proper neck function is, until symptoms start to develop, often resulting with physical pain and limitations, along with impacting one’s mental well-being. Those suffering are now searching for a neck pain doctor.

The neck (cervical spine) has vital functions - it supports the head, which weighs 10+ pounds and provides movement in many directions - forward, backward, sideways, and the ability to rotate. It contains seven small bones (vertebrae), which are separated by discs (a spongy, gel-like material). Discs act as shock absorbers, allowing for movement. However, with all this flexibility and support, an injury may occur, resulting in neck pain and stiffness.

Are you:

  • Experiencing neck pain and stiffness for more than a few days?

  • Unable to turn your head left or right without pain?

  • Relying on medication for neck pain relief?

  • Suffering with additional areas of pain, numbness or pins and needles, which radiate from the neck to the shoulder, arm, wrist or fingers?

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, muscle spasm in neck and depression.

Neck pain can vary in severity and duration. It can be dull, stabbing or excruciating, and begin gradually and progress over time or be immediate. Neck pain should be evaluated by a member of our Healthcare Team to begin relief and corrective care or in some cases, immediate medical attention may be necessitated to rule out a serious concern (tumor).

There are many factors and causes that contribute to acute or chronic neck pain, including:

  • Vertebral Subluxation (misalignment)

  • Herniated Disc

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Ergonomics: Working for extended periods without changing position.

  • Poor Posture (text neck, sleeping on your stomach)

  • Weak Core Muscles

  • Inflamed/Irritated muscles, ligaments and/or joints in the neck.

  • Repetitive Motion (looking up to paint a ceiling, typing)

  • Auto (whiplash), Slip-and-Fall, and Sports Accidents

  • Existing health concerns (RA, Fibromyalgia)

  • Aging (Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis)

  • Stress (postural and emotional)

  • Lifestyle choices (overweight, smoking, nutrition, dehydration)

  • Infections

Neck Pain Treatment

At Manalapan Spine Care and Rehabilitation, we offer an integrated approach to help relieve and correct acute and chronic neck pain. The first step begins with an in-depth consultation, health history, diagnostic tests (X-Rays, MRI, CAT Scan, or EMG), and physical and neurological exams to help detect the true cause of neck pain.

Once the cause or factors have been identified, a customized neck pain treatment plan is developed. Treatment options may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, therapeutic massage, medical care and lifestyle modification.

Dr. Paul Battipaglia, Chiropractic Physician continues to attend seminars to stay abreast of new techniques and treatment options, in order to help identify and eliminate the underlying cause of pain and expediate healing. By correcting the true source of a patient’s neck pain, he is allowing the body to heal itself - naturally. Chiropractic care (cervical manipulation, trigger point therapy, stretching techniques, postural correction and ultrasound therapy) is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free and non-addictive option (avoiding opioid abuse and overuse) to reduce inflammation, irritation and improve function.

Chiropractic care helps physical therapy progress, which is often integrated into a patient’s program. Faiz Habashy, DPT, provides patient-centered physical therapy to reduce neck pain, accelerate healing and restore function, via hands-on manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, physical therapy modalities (moist heat therapy, cryotherapy, ultrasound, electric stimulation, TENS) and patient education. Topical pain relievers are available.

To help reduce stress, pain, muscle tension and improve overall wellness, therapeutic massage is offered by our Licensed Massage Therapist, Andrea Carangelo.

In addition, lifestyle recommendations may include:

  • Healthy weight loss, nutritional support and counseling, provided by our Nurse Practitioner, Alison Griffin.

  • Tips to maintain proper posture and movement techniques. A cervical pillow and supports are often recommended. Is it time for a new mattress?

  • At home or at work, keep your computer monitor at eye level. Consider a neck supporting chair.

  • If sitting in a car, plane or bus for extended periods of time, remember to take a break, move around and stretch.

  • With your doctor’s approval, incorporate moderate exercise most days.

  • Feeling stressed… try a therapeutic massage.

Do not continue to suffer with acute or chronic neck pain. There are many successful neck pain treatment options available to help you regain your health, and resume daily tasks and activities, as well as strategies to prevent a recurrence. Are you looking for a neck pain doctor? Call Manalapan Spine Care and Rehabilitation and schedule a Free Consultation.

Complimentary local transportation is available. For details, questions or to schedule an appointment, call our Office Manager and Billing Specialist, Donna Carollo at (732) 972-5900.

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