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Neck Pain And Pain Management 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

Chronic pain is common, affecting more than 20% of adults in the United States. At Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Howard Shapiro, DO, and his team offer holistic pain management solutions to help you avoid addictive pain medicine. 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 and Pain Management Q & A

Pain Management 

What is pain management?

Pain management at Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C. focuses on holistic ways to reduce severe or long-lasting discomfort. You might experience neck pain, back pain, knee pain, other types of joint pain, headaches, or migraines. Dr. Shapiro and his team offer a wide array of pain-relieving treatments to give you the exceptional quality of life you deserve.

What are the risk factors for chronic pain?

A variety of factors can lead to severe or long-lasting pain. Examples include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Falling down
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other chronic diseases
  • Overweight or obesity

If you experience pain that doesn’t subside on its own over time and want to avoid addictive pain medication, see Dr. Shapiro and his team for an evaluation. 

How does my doctor diagnose the root cause of pain?

To find the root cause of your pain, Dr. Shapiro reviews your medical history, asks about symptoms you may have, and examines injured or painful areas of your body. He might recommend you undergo blood tests, CT scans, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan. 

What are common pain management treatments?

Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C. offers the following pain management solutions to relieve chronic discomfort:

Health education

Making healthy lifestyle changes can reduce or eliminate chronic pain. Examples include eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, reducing stress, and not smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

Medical weight loss

Medical weight loss with Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C. can diminish or reduce your risk of developing chronic pain.

Osteopathic manipulation

During osteopathic manipulation, Dr. Shapiro applies pressure to targeted areas of your body to stimulate healing and eliminate pain naturally. 

Physical therapy

In physical therapy, stretches and exercises can help you heal quickly after an injury and reduce your risk of reinjury. 

Botox

Periodic Botox® injections can help you better manage migraine pain.

Medical marijuana

Using medical marijuana is a natural pain-relieving treatment. Dr. Shapiro lets you know if you have a qualifying condition that makes you eligible for medical marijuana.

Don’t live with severe or chronic pain that diminishes your quality of life. Call Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C. to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

 

Neck Pain 

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.