Despite the neck’s strength, its function and flexibility make it vulnerable to injury or strain. Stress on the cervical spine can lead to acute neck pain or long-term, chronic neck pain involving the soft tissue, joints, and discs. Often, neck and shoulder pain accompany one another and can even impair the mobility of the arms and hands.
Neck problems can range from an uncomfortable, stiff neck, to neck sprain, to more serious conditions of whiplash or herniated discs. Many patients believe that a sore neck will resolve itself in time, but proper diagnosis and treatment are key to neck pain relief and a full recovery. As a leading New York spinal specialist and board-certified sports medicine physician, Dr. Rolland Nemirovsky can expertly determine the cause of your neck pain and apply a custom blend of sports medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractic care to speed your recovery and improve neck function.*
Like back pain, neck pain can be sharp and shooting or dull and achy. Stiffness and reduced flexibility are common with neck problems, as is limited range of motion that may prevent you from fully turning or tilting your head or lowering your chin to your chest. Pain or numbness may also radiate to the shoulders and arms as a shooting pain, and could even cause weakening or impair fine motor skills.
At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we specialize in improving spinal function by treating and correcting neck problems* involving soft tissue strain or damage.
Sports injury, overuse injury, and general wear and tear can all aggravate or disrupt proper neck function. Strenuous or repetitive activity, physical labor, improper sleep support, and medical conditions or disease can all lead to neck problems, reduced mobility, and pain.
One of the most common causes of neck pain is Upper Cross Syndrome, or Upper Crossed Syndrome. As the result of poor posture, ergonomics, or structural imbalances, this syndrome is common in students or office workers who spend long periods of time sitting while leaning or hunching forward. It also occurs frequently in the elderly.
A person with this condition often looks as if the head is forward of the shoulders and body. Misalignments in the neck create joint dysfunction and an imbalance in the strength and length of posterior and anterior neck muscles. Dr. Nemirovsky is highly skilled in restoring spinal alignment and relieving neck pain by correcting biomechanical abnormalities.
Dr. Nemirovsky will carefully evaluate your total spine function and assess posture, range of motion, and the location and degree of your pain. He will also consider impact on your shoulders, back, and arms. As a sports-focused practitioner, his goal is to optimize your spinal stability and improve functioning with a customized treatment plan.
With a conservative, non-surgical, and drug-free approach, Dr. Nemirovsky specializes in integrating the best and most appropriate therapies for your neck recovery needs.* In addition to sports therapy, physical therapy, and spinal manipulation, he may also include these highly effective treatments.
*Research supports the recovery and strengthening benefits of a more conservative, first-line approach to neck pain treatment.
After an average of 15 chiropractor visits, 57% of neck pain patients reported at least of 75% reduction in pain, compared to only 33% of neck pain patients using medication to manage their pain. Results remained consistent after one year.
“Spinal Manipulations, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain.” Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012.
In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcome measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery [emphasis ours]than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
Korthals-de Bos et al. British Medical Journal. 2003.