Neck Pain Specialist

Downtown Spine & Sports

Sports Medicine Specialist & Physical Therapist located in New York, NY

If you find yourself leaning over you computer or slouching at the dinner table regularly, you’ll likely experience neck pain at some point. Whether your neck pain derives from poor posture or a health condition, proper treatment can go a long way. Downtown Spine & Sports in New York City offers a range of effective options.

Neck Pain Q&A

What causes neck pain?

Many people experience neck pain at some point, which commonly results from poor posture or hunching over a desk or computer for long periods of time. It can also derive from medical conditions, such as cervical osteoarthritis, cervical herniated discs, cervical stenosis, bone spurs from damaged tendons, or injuries from sports or car accidents.

What is cervical stenosis?

Cervical stenosis happens when nerve roots are compressed, due to the narrowing of the open spaces in the spine. Typically a byproduct of the aging process or arthritic changes to the spine, other factors may contribute, too, such as bulging disks and excessive growth of the bones.

What causes cervical osteoarthritis?

Cervical osteoarthritis, also known as arthritis of the neck, derives from the natural wear and tear, or degeneration, of discs in the spine. It causes neck pain or stiffness which may radiate into the shoulder.

How is it treated?

Mild to moderate symptoms often respond well to self-care steps, such as over-the-counter medications or hot or cold packs. More severe or long-lasting pain may benefit from physical therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, short term immobilization of your neck with a collar, or traction, which uses weight or air to gently stretch your neck. Your doctor may also recommend injections of steroids and numbing medications. In rare cases, surgery is needed to relieve neck pain.

Neck pain usually isn’t life-threatening, but if your symptoms are accompanied by weakness in your arms or hands, numbness, or shooting pain down your arm or in your shoulder, seek immediate medical attention.

How can DRX-9000C help?

DRX-9000C is a nonsurgical system that helps alleviate pain in your neck and back through spinal decompression. The process usually involves a series of treatments over the course of 4-8 weeks, depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

At your initial exam, your doctor will inquire about your symptoms, any injuries you’ve had involving your neck, and whether certain movements or activities help or worsen your symptoms. Your medical history and overall health will also be discussed. It may be helpful to observe and jot down any related observations in advance, such as when your pain tends to flare up.


We accept the majority of PPO health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

Aetna PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - PPO Only
Cigna PPO
United Healthcare PPO