Neck Pain Specialist

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD -  - Interventional Pain Medicine

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine located in Brooklyn Heights, NY

The National Institutes of Health call neck pain “a major public health problem,” one that negatively affects both your health and your sense of well-being. There’s good news, though: you don’t have to cope with that neck pain any longer. Brooklyn Heights, New York interventional pain specialist Mathew Lefkowitz, MD offers a range of highly-effective yet completely nonsurgical neck pain treatments that really work. Call to schedule with Dr. Lefkowitz anytime.

Neck Pain Q & A

What kind of neck pain do you have?

The umbrella of "neck pain" covers a broad, comprehensive group of conditions that involve discomfort in any of the structures that make up your neck, such as its:

  • Bones
  • Nerves
  • Muscles
  • Joints

The most commonly described type is a sore or stiff neck, but you might also experience burning or stabbing. The exact form your neck pain may take largely comes down to just what's creating it. While many cases of neck pain are due to the simple wear and tear of daily life, some other underlying causes include:

  • Strained muscles
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve compression
  • Cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (whiplash injuries)
  • Ruptured (herniated or slipped) discs
  • Hereditary disorders
  • Infections of the spine

Dr. Lefkowitz will work with you to identify, understand, and address any problems contributing to your neck pain.

What are "discs"?

In the context of neck pain, the term "discs" refers to your intervertebral discs -- specialized structures between each vertebra made up of connective tissue that hold your spine together and provide flexibility as well as a range of movement. Whether due to injury or a genetic disorder, these discs can tear and bulge, placing pressure on nearby structures, such as nerves.

How do medical specialists treat neck pain?

Neck pain associated with muscle tension may be relieved by medications and procedures that relax the muscles. However, for long-term relief, one of the latest treatment advances may be the best choice. Options include:

  • Epidural injections of steroids that numb pain in your neck
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections to start the healing process in damaged discs or nerves
  • Radiofrequency ablation to neutralize the neck-area nerves that send pain messages

Dr. Lefkowitz may also recommend over-the-counter and prescription drugs to reduce inflammation and other causes of neck pain. Analgesics may also be prescribed for neck pain that is severe or unrelieved by other interventions.

Is neck pain dangerous?

While most cases of neck pain are limited to just that, it can also be a symptom of certain serious diseases. Some signs that indicate you may need to seek medical care include:

  • Weakness in your arms or hands
  • Numbness
  • Shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm
  • Fever or chills

Remember that neck pain can be a debilitating and chronic neurological disorder. Make sure neck pain isn't holding you back from enjoying life to its fullest. Schedule an appointment by phone today.