What is neck and back pain?
The spine is complex and is prone to injury and degenerative disease, resulting in many chronic neck and back pain conditions. The stress put on the spine from bending, lifting, and twisting throughout the years can impact the vast nerve network rooted in the spinal column from the lower back to the neck. Spinal discs, vertebrae, facet joints, nerve roots, and the surrounding muscles and soft tissues in the neck and back are susceptible to injury and disease. Ospina Medical, located in Manhattan, diagnoses and treats even the most difficult and complex neck and back pain issues. Dr. Matthew Kohler and Dr. Rajivan Maniam, along with their experienced team, use advanced techniques and treatments to offer an accurate diagnosis and effective relief and healing for our patients suffering from neck and back pain conditions.
Lower Back and Neck Pain Reviews
"Dr. Maniam is a very friendly doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns and questions first, which made me feel very comfortable and trust in his care. I was suffering with lower back pain for couple of years he took the examination and check thoroughly. After treatment I feel so much better! I highly recommend Dr. Maniam to anyone seeking a pain management specialist."- Y.C. / Google / Sep 07, 2020
"Dr Maniam, is great! He always explains any questions I have and customer service in the office is impecable. He had helped tremendously with my lower back pain and I recommend his expertise to anyone suffering from any sort of back pain."- L.S. / Google / Feb 17, 2021
"Absolutely incredible! One of the best doctors I’ve seen in New York! All the staff were so friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Dr Kohler was absolutely amazing! He really took time to listen to all of my symptoms, talked me through all of my MRI’s, and explained my procedure options in great detail. I then went in for an epidural for my lower back pain, all of the staff made me feel so relaxed and calm during the whole visit. Dr Kohler talked me through everything that was happening during the producer, and explained what sensations I would be feeling so I knew what was normal and I could mentally prepare. I felt so taken care of! I will be going to Dr Kohler for any future pain management needs. I can not recommend him enough!!"- K.S. / Google / Mar 12, 2021
"Dr Kohler was my doctor at another practice, but I was so glad when he helped co-start his own place. It was further away from me, but completely worth it. He listens, he helps and he cares. He doesn't just throw medications at it, he focus on solutions and longer lasting relief. Also, extra bonus, the entire staff from the front desk to procedure rooms are extremely personable and professional. I don't know if there is a limit on words, but I could go on forever about them, highly recommend Ospina Medical to everyone. Trustworthy and effective, this is the place to go. I have lower back pain and wouldn't even consider going elsewhere."- D.J. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
"Absolutely incredible! One of the best doctors I’ve seen in New York! All the staff were so friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Dr Kohler was absolutely amazing! He really took time to listen to all of my symptoms, talked me through all of my MRI’s, and explained my procedure options in great detail. I then went in for an epidural for my lower back pain, all of the staff made me feel so relaxed and calm during the whole visit. Dr Kohler talked me through everything that was happening during the producer, and explained what sensations I would be feeling so I knew what was normal and I could mentally prepare. I felt so taken care of! I will be going to Dr Kohler for any future pain management needs. I can not recommend him enough!!"- K.S. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
What are Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain?
Because the neck and the lower back are both part of the same complex spinal system, they share many of the root causes of pain and injuries. Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, wear and tear, disease, and injuries can have a major impact on function and cause chronic, debilitating pain. While similar, there are unique differences between the ailments of the lower back and neck.
Lower Back Pain
Most people experience the frustration of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Muscle strain can occur with overexertion, causing aching or stabbing pain in the lumbar back region. Spinal issues may also cause lower back pain that becomes chronic, affecting mobility and quality of life. Some of the causes of lower back pain include:
- Sprains and strains — The muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back are susceptible to injury and are a common cause of back pain. Ligament sprains and muscle or tendon strains can limit mobility and result in acute pain. Back sprains involve an injury to the ligaments attached to the facet joints, commonly occurring with sudden twisting or impact to the back. Back strains can also occur from accidents or overexertion, stretching, or overstressing muscles or tendons. Both can occur at the same time or separately, resulting in localized pain, inflammation, and mobility issues.
- Herniated discs — The intervertebral discs are essential for providing a cushion between the vertebrae, absorbing shock, and preventing damage. When a spinal disc is damaged from degenerative conditions, the effects of aging, or an injury and the inner portion of the disc protrudes through the outer shell, it can result in pain and loss of mobility. Herniated discs are a common cause of chronic back pain.
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
Strain on the neck from injuries or repetitive movements can result in damage to tendons, spinal discs, or facet joints. Degenerative disease and arthritis can impact the health of the cervical spine and result in inflammation. With inflammation and spinal changes, nerve root pressure can occur, resulting in localized neck pain and radiating pain from pinched nerves. Causes of neck pain can include:
- Bulging or herniated spinal discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical radiculopathy, or pinched nerves
- Tendon or muscle strain
- Whiplash Syndrome
Additional Neck and Back Conditions Treated:
- Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Discogenic Pain
- Facet Syndrome
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – FBSS
- Lumbar Radiculopathy/Sciatica (Pinched Nerve)
- Lumbar Spondylosis
- Mid Back Pain/Thoracic Back Pain
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint Disease
- Spinal Stenosis (cervical or lumbar)
- Thoracic Radiculopathy
- Vertebral Compression Fracture
How is Neck and Back Pain Treated?
At Ospina Medical in NYC, we offer innovative and advanced treatments to help heal neck and back pain while promoting healing to restore normal functioning. Whether your pain is caused by soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains, disease, aging, or an injury, Dr. Kohler and Dr. Maniam can personalize a treatment plan to address your specific needs. Our treatments include:
- Steroid, trigger point, and epidural injections
- Specialized image-guided procedures which use bone marrow concentrate to alleviate pain and improve function
- PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy to reduce pain and stimulate natural healing factors
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Advanced physical therapy
Lower Back and Neck Pain FAQs
What are steroid injections?
Steroid injections work by reducing inflammation in the affected area. This can help relieve pain and other symptoms caused by conditions like arthritis. Injections at Ospina Medical only take a few minutes and do not involve any downtime. The steroids used are also very effective — so you can expect results shortly after treatment.
How does PRP work?
PRP therapy uses your own blood to speed up the healing process. A small sample of blood is taken and then placed in a centrifuge. This machine spins the blood — so the platelets and plasma are separated. The platelets are then injected into the affected area, where they release growth factors that help repair tissue and encourage healing.
What happens if you don't treat back or neck pain?
If you don't treat back or neck pain, it can lead to chronic pain and disability. You may also be at risk for other health problems that impact your quality of life. Treating pain early on is the best way to prevent these complications. Our New York City staff is experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of pain, so you can get the care needed to feel better.
Get Relief From Neck and Back Pain
You don't have to live with chronic pain and limited mobility due to a spinal condition. Come see us at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan for neck and back pain treatment that can help ease your pain, regain your mobility, and improve your overall quality of life. If you're in New York City or the Midtown Manhattan area, contact us today to learn more about our innovative treatments and schedule a private consultation. At Ospina Medical, we can treat your neck and back pain and help you get back to living an active life on your terms.
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