Neck Pain

Eric K. Fanaee, MD -  - Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology

Eric K. Fanaee, MD

Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology located in West Islip, NY, Smithtown, NY & Bethpage, NY

Neck pain is one of the leading causes of chronic pain across the United States and is also a significant cause of headaches. If you have neck pain that isn't improving, fellowship-trained pain specialist Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD, provides treatments that can reduce and relieve your pain at his offices in West Islip, Smithtown, and Bethpage, New York. Dr. Eric K. Fanaee uses cutting-edge treatment options, including radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, and stem cell therapy to treat chronic neck pain. Call Eric K. Fanaee, MD to schedule an in-person or telehealth consultation, or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain can occur as a result of an injury or it can develop over time due to tissue deterioration in the cervical vertebrae at the top of your spine.

Your neck has less support from surrounding bones and muscles than your lower (lumbar) spine or central (thoracic) spine. That means it's more flexible, but it's also susceptible to injury.

Dr Eric K. Fanaee, MD treats pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Bone spurs
  • Spondylosis
  • Osteoporosis 

Whiplash and sports injuries cause acute neck pain that, with the right treatment, can often be resolved without any long-term effects. However, if you don't heal properly after an injury, you could develop chronic neck pain.

To treat neck pain effectively, Dr. Fanaee needs to find the exact source of your pain.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD begins the diagnostic process by reviewing your medical history and evaluating your symptoms. He also conducts a thorough physical exam, testing your range of motion and automatic reflexes, and looking at how you respond to nerve stimulation. 

Based on his findings, Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD might request diagnostic tests such as:

  • X-rays
  • Myelogram
  • Bone scan
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Discogram
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test
  • Electromyography (EMG)

After receiving test results, Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD prepares a suitable treatment program for your neck pain.

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Eric K. Fanaee creates every patient's treatment program individually. For some patients, that might mean using anti-inflammatory painkilling medication or, in some cases, prescription pain relief. However, the most effective treatment methods target the root cause of your neck pain.

Your therapy plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks

Our alternative medicine techniques can help your injured tissues to heal and promote healthy new cell growth. 

If you have arthritis and other treatments aren’t working, Dr. Eric K. Fanaee can prescribe medical marijuana to eligible patients.

If these approaches aren't providing the relief you need, Dr. Eric K. Fanaee can use advanced techniques like radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation to treat your neck pain. 

These state-of-the-art technologies not only relieve neck and back pain but also improve function and enable you to live a more active life.

Find the relief you require from chronic neck pain by calling Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD today. You can also book an in-person or telehealth appointment online.