Neck Pain Specialist
Sometimes a poor night of sleep or a quick twist of your neck can cause temporary neck pain and discomfort, but when neck pain affects your life more days than not, it’s time to seek medical attention. At Regen Pain NJ, serving Clifton, New Jersey, and the nearby communities, Todd Koppel, MD, is a board-certified physician with over 20 years of experience in pain management. Dr. Koppel takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of your neck pain so you get long-lasting relief. Call for an appointment or use the online booking system.
How does a pain management specialist treat neck pain?
n some cases, you may get relief through physical therapies and other conservative treatments, like massage, heat, and rest. When neck pain affects the quality of your life, interventional therapies may provide the relief you’re looking for.
Dr. Koppel usually recommends the most conservative approach at first, and if your neck pain doesn’t respond, he prescribes additional treatments.
Dr. Koppel specializes in minimally invasive therapies for cervical spine pain, including:
- Facet joint injections
- Epidural steroid injections
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What’s causing my neck pain?
Your neck is an intricate network of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves that make up your cervical spine from the base of your skull to your upper torso. Your neck is designed to support your head and allow you to move from side to side, forward and backward, with strength and flexibility. When any area of the muscles, tendons, or joints in your neck become injured, inflamed, or strained, you have neck pain and stiffness.
Additionally, if you irritate the nerves in your neck, it’s possible to experience neck pain that extends into your shoulder, arms, and back. In extreme cases, a compressed nerve in your neck can even cause pain in your legs.
Most neck pain comes from:
- Unsupported sleeping positions
- Whiplash after a sports injury or car accident
- Pinched nerves in your cervical spine
- Arthritis and other degenerative conditions
- Herniated discs in your spine
- Poor posture
- Aging process
- Spinal stenosis
- Strains and sprains
- Muscular tension and stress
Dr. Koppel evaluates your condition and examines your cervical spine so he can accurately diagnose the underlying causes of your neck pain and prescribe effective, noninvasive treatments.
How do you diagnose neck pain?
Depending on your condition, Dr. Koppel may recommend any combination of testing to fully understand your neck pain. These diagnostic tests often include:
- Complete physical exam
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Computed Tomography (CT) scan
Once Dr. Koppel understands the complexity of your neck pain, he recommends effective treatments to reduce symptoms and improve mobility.
"Dr. Koppel was able to help resolve an over-training issue I've been dealing with for months. The doctor and his staff are welcoming and professional. I'd recommend them to anyone looking at non-surgical options for joint issues."
"After years of hip and leg pain, Dr. Koppel used PRP injections on both my hip and leg. The pain is now gone. Plasma rich protein is safe and effective. Dr. Koppel is an expert at getting to the root of the pain and eliminating it. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Koppel for his expertise and kindness."
"Dr. Koppel is a very caring and compassionate Doctor. He is always available by phone for questions and concerns. The well-being of his patients is his top priority. I am feeling so much better from the treatment he did. I would highly recommend him"