NYU Langone doctors recognize the toll that chronic pain can take on a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Even with the best treatment, neck pain caused by conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis can take time to recede. Doctors at NYU Langone help you explore various ways to recover, whether you are having nonsurgical treatment or have had surgery.
NYU Langone doctors, physical and occupational therapists, and psychiatrists offer integrative therapies designed to ease pain, especially if you experience frequent discomfort due to a condition like spinal stenosis. Rusk Rehabilitation offers wellness programs and services including tai chi, acupuncture, meditation, and integrative musculoskeletal medicine to help you build strength in your abdominal, or core, muscles, as well as your neck and back muscles.
Psychotherapy is available for people who may benefit from talking with an NYU Langone counselor—such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or licensed clinical social worker—about how long-term pain affects their emotional wellbeing. If necessary, our psychiatrists can prescribe medication to ease anxiety or depression, common conditions that affect people with chronic pain.
The nicotine in cigarettes has been proven to have a negative effect on bones and their ability to heal. Smoking has been shown to speed the degeneration of discs by disrupting the small blood vessels that supply the area surrounding the disc.
NYU Langone doctors strongly urge people to quit smoking. Our doctors and therapists understand that quitting is not easy and offer strategies and support through NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs.
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