Suffolk Spine & Joint Medical
Mike M. Pappas, D.O.
Physiatrist & Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialist located in Riverhead, NY & Northport, NY
There are a few things that are more debilitating, and more common, than back and neck pain. In fact, 15-20% of adults in the United States have back pain at any given time, and 10-20% report neck pain. At Suffolk Spine and Joint Medical, Mike M. Pappas, DO, has extensive experience helping his patients in Riverhead, Northport, and Ronkonkoma, New York, to successfully treat their neck and pain. To learn more, call the closest office or use the online scheduling tool.
Neck and Back Pain
What constitutes the neck and back?
At the core of your foundational musculoskeletal structure is your spine, which is comprised of 33 vertebrae that are divided into five sections:
- Your cervical spine, or neck
- Your thoracic spine, or midback
- Your lumbar spine, or low back
- Your sacral region
- Your coccyx
While all of these areas are able to move, your cervical and lumbar spines enjoy the most freedom of movement, which is why they’re also the most common locations for neck and back pain.
What are the most common causes of neck and back pain?
There is any number of reasons why you may experience pain in your neck or back, with the following leading the charge:
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Whiplash in your neck
- Muscle strains or sprains
- Joint diseases
- Bone spurs
- Compression fractures
- Structural issues in your spine
While this list may seem fairly long, these represent only the most common reasons behind back and neck pain. Given the enormous strain these areas are under, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of conditions that can lead to back or neck pain.
How is neck and back pain treated?
If you’re experiencing back or neck pain, Dr. Pappas’ first goal is to locate the source of the problem. To do this, he reviews your symptoms, conducts a physical exam, and uses advanced diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. Once he has an idea of what’s going on inside your neck or back, he tailors a treatment plan to your unique situation and goals, which may include one or more of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injections
- Trigger point injections
- Nerve blocks
- Ultrasound-guided joint injections
- Physical therapy
Dr. Pappas uses a nonsurgical approach to back and neck pain, preferring to treat the pain in a more holistic way. Rest assured, his primary goal is to help you find relief.
What if I need a no-fault doctor?
Dr. Pappas routinely works on patients who have no-fault insurance, ensuring that they receive the medical care they need.
To get on the road to relief from back and neck pain, call Suffolk Spine and Joint Medical or request an appointment using the online booking tool.