Leading Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain can really put a damper on your day. The good news? Whether your neck pain is intermittent or a constant companion that affects your entire day, you don’t have to live with it.

Patrick Doherty, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon who leads an expert team of medical professionals at Yale Neurosurgery New London in New London, Connecticut. Dr. Doherty is highly respected throughout the medical profession as a leading pioneer in providing the least invasive and most effective treatments available today for issues like neck and back pain.

Dr. Doherty recognizes that truly effective treatment starts with identifying the cause of your discomfort and then developing a plan that addresses the underlying issue as well as your symptoms. His goal is to provide the individualized care you need to get you living pain-free again.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is a common condition that’s caused by a variety of issues, including:

Very often, characterizing the symptoms you’re experiencing can help narrow the possible cause of your pain.

Understanding your symptoms

Neck pain is a broad term that can include a variety of more specific symptoms, including:

Taking note of the timing, frequency, and severity of your symptoms can help identify the underlying cause.

For instance, headaches or tingling, numbness, and pain that travel into your shoulders and arms may indicate nerve inflammation and irritation. Muscular strain related to poor posture often worsens with activities such as computer work or driving.

Treating neck pain

Although he’s a gifted surgeon, Dr. Doherty prefers nonsurgical treatments whenever possible.  Depending on the underlying cause of your neck pain, his treatment recommendations may include:

If these measures aren’t effective or your condition requires surgery, Dr. Doherty specializes in minimally invasive, robotic neck surgeries that offer better results and faster healing time than traditional surgical approaches.

For an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for persistent neck pain, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Doherty at Yale Neurosurgery New London today. Call our office or request an appointment online.

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