Neck pain is a common ailment among adults in the United States. For many people, it is a short-term condition; in others, it can persist for longer than six months, often because it has been improperly treated. Once it has become chronic, neck pain can interfere with your everyday routine. NYU Langone specialists offer expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.
Our doctors encourage you to seek treatment for neck pain that lasts longer than two to three weeks or causes any weakness or numbness. Our experts include physiatrists, pain management specialists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic surgeons who have specialized training in managing conditions that cause neck pain. These are often spine disorders, such as a pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. Our spine specialists are leaders in the treatment of these and other disorders of the spine.
Most people with neck pain try medication, physical therapy, exercise, and steroid injections to eliminate discomfort. If pain persists after several months of these conservative measures, surgery may be an option.
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