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Neck Pain Specialist

Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C.

Howard Shapiro, DO

A Private Medical Practice & Osteopathic Physician located in Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY

Neck pain is more common than you may think, affecting 20-70% of adults at some point during their lives. At Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, Howard Shapiro, DO, and his team can find the root cause of neck pain and relieve your symptoms. Call the office for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is any type of discomfort that occurs in your neck joints. The pain might come and go or linger long-term. 

Neck pain may get worse while working at a computer or when driving. It can present as muscle tightness, spasms, a headache, or decreased range of motion. Neck pain ranges in severity from mild to severe. Treatment with Dr. Shapiro can offer you relief. 

What causes neck pain?

You might experience neck pain because of an accident, trauma, or even a chronic disease. Specific causes may include:

  • Worn joints
  • Muscle strains
  • Nerve compression
  • Arthritis
  • A car accident
  • Sports injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Falling down
  • Computer strain
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Muscle tension

Neck pain can also occur because of age-related wear and tear. Ways to reduce your risk of developing neck pain include using good posture, taking frequent breaks at work, not smoking, not carrying heavy bags on your shoulder, and maintaining a healthy weight.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of neck pain?

To diagnose the cause of neck pain and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Shapiro reviews your symptoms and medical history. He checks your vital signs, completes a physical examination, and might recommend you undergo blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. 

What are my neck pain treatment options?

Common osteopathic neck pain treatments include:

At-home treatments

At-home remedies to reduce neck pain can use ice or heat packs, gentle stretching, and neck-strengthening exercises. You might wear a neck brace to reduce range of motion until a neck injury heals.

Physical therapy

Dr. Shapiro shows you which exercises and stretches can reduce neck pain and increase range of motion.

Osteopathic manipulation

By applying pressure to targeted areas near your neck, Dr. Shapiro can reduce or eliminate neck discomfort. 

Massage

Massage is a holistic way to reduce muscle tension, neck pain, headaches, and migraines. 

Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana can alleviate many types of chronic pain, including neck pain, back pain, and migraines. 

Don’t let neck pain diminish your quality of life when simple, natural treatments are within reach at Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C. Call Dr. Shapiro’s office or schedule an appointment online today.