Neck Pain Specialist

Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT

Physical Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

The average human head weighs nine to eleven pounds, and your neck alone supports that considerable weight. When neck pain hits, it can severely impact your ability to function, especially when the pain radiates to other parts of your body. As a medical spine specialist, Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD, offers numerous treatment options to his patients at Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine in Williamsville, New York. To gain the upper hand on your neck pain, call or book an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are the typical causes of neck pain?

Day in and day out, your neck performs several critical functions:

  • Supports your head
  • Allows a wide range of movement for your head
  • Provides passage for your nervous system from your brain through your spinal canal

In performing these functions, your neck undergoes tremendous strain, leaving it prone to injury and degenerative problems, such as:

  • Herniated cervical disc
  • Whiplash
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fracture

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

One of the most common causes of neck pain is a herniated cervical disc. Your neck contains seven small vertebrae, separated by discs. Your discs are donut-shaped with a fibrous exterior and a jelly-like interior, and they provide cushioning and shock absorption between your vertebrae.

When a disc herniates, it means that it leaks some of the jelly-like substance, which irritates the surrounding nerves. This irritation leads to:

  • Pain in the immediate area
  • Pain that radiates down your shoulder and arm
  • Numbness and tingling in your neck, which may radiate down one arm

The pain your herniated disc causes can range widely from mild and nagging to severe, especially with certain movements.

How is neck pain diagnosed and treated?

As with any problem in your spine, you should seek help at the first signs of neck pain. Because he specializes in the spine and has over 30 years of experience, Dr. Geraci understands how your spine functions and the far-reaching effect it can have on your entire musculoskeletal system. 

To diagnose your neck pain, Dr. Geraci performs the following: 

  • A thorough review of your symptoms
  • A physical examination including a functional analysis of your spine
  • A functional evaluation of your core and individual strength
  • A check of your medical history
  • Diagnostic imaging, including ultrasound

Once he targets your problem, Dr. Geraci has several tools at his disposal to provide you with both short-term relief and long-term management, including:

  • Ultrasound- or fluoroscopically-guided (using live X-ray)  injections for pain and inflammation
  • Manual medicine and adjustments
  • Functional rehabilitation, including lifestyle changes
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy
  • Prescription medications, only when needed
  • At-home exercise plan to strengthen your neck
  • Surgical referral, if necessary

Rest assured, Dr. Geraci shares your goals for healing and works diligently to help you find relief from your acute or chronic neck pain. 

Don’t let neck pain get in the way of enjoying life, call Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine.