Neck Pain Specialist

Downtown Pain Management

Board Certified Physician located in Red Bank, Hoboken, and Manalapan, NJ

Neck pain can make it difficult or impossible to do things like drive and complete your normal daily routine. When neck pain is severe or lasts longer than a week, Ron Ben-Meir, DO, FAAPMR, at Downtown Pain Management can help. He provides individualized treatment for all types of neck pain at three convenient locations in Red Bank and Hoboken, New Jersey. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today to find relief from neck pain.

Neck Pain Q&A

What is neck pain?

The neck is the uppermost section of your spine, which supports your head and provides it with a wide range of motion. Any inflammation, injury, or structural abnormality in this region can cause neck pain or stiffness.

Occasional neck pain is common and usually resolves on its own within a few days. If your neck pain is severe or lasts longer than a week, Dr. Ben-Meir can help.

What causes neck pain?

Your neck is vulnerable to an array of problems that can lead to pain. Dr. Ben-Meir treats many common causes of neck pain, including:

  • Muscle strain
  • Nerve compression
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Traumatic injury, such as whiplash
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle knots, or trigger points

In rare cases, neck pain is due to a congenital abnormality or serious medical condition like a tumor, infection, or cancer of the spine.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To diagnose neck pain, Dr. Ben-Meir reviews your symptoms and medical history and carefully examines your neck. He may also perform diagnostic tests, such as:

  • X-ray
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction study (NCS)
  • Selective nerve root block

An EMG or NCS measures your nerve functioning, which can confirm or rule out a pinched nerve. 

A selective nerve root block involves injecting a mix of anesthetic and steroid medication around a nerve to determine whether that’s the source of your neck pain. These injections treat pain as well as diagnose it.

What neck pain treatments are available?

After diagnosing your condition, Dr. Ben-Meir develops an individualized treatment plan. Neck pain treatment at Downtown Pain Management often begins with conservative methods, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretching exercises like yoga
  • Alternative therapies like chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture

If your neck pain is severe and treatment isn’t effective, Dr. Ben-Meir may recommend advanced integrative pain management procedures such as:

  • Epidural nerve blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Trigger point injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Surgery is rarely necessary to relieve neck pain but may be the only option for a compressed nerve root that doesn’t respond to treatment.

For an integrative approach to treating neck pain, call Downtown Pain Management or book an appointment online today.