Neck Pain Specialist

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM -  - Acupuncturist

RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM

Acupuncturist located in Nutley, NJ & In Walgreens shopping center, West Fairfield, NJ

Overuse, overextension, and disc or joint degeneration are all common underlying causes of neck pain. At RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab in Nutley, New Jersey, pain management specialist Alan Genitempo, LAc, DACM, treats neck pain with acupuncture, dry needling, massage therapy, and other noninvasive holistic therapies. Schedule your consultation for neck pain treatment by calling RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab or booking online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain originates in the cervical spine or the structures surrounding and supporting it. Sometimes, it radiates down one or both of your arms, but this isn’t always the case. That happens when a nerve is compressed at its root as it exits your spinal column.

Neck pain can come from degenerative conditions or acute injuries. It can also come from damage that develops over time because of repeated movements or poor posture. A few of the most likely causes of neck pain are:

  • Arthritis
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle strain, tension, or tears
  • Cervical vertebrae fracture
  • Cervical spinal stenosis

Neck pain mostly comes from spinal conditions and musculoskeletal injuries, which can happen during sports and activities or slowly over time with normal movement.  

Am I at risk for neck pain?

There are several factors that can put you at a higher risk for neck pain than the average person. You might be at a higher risk for neck pain without knowing it, especially due to these behaviors and contributing factors:

  • Poor posture
  • Unsupportive sleeping positions
  • Sports that involve neck movements, like swimming or ballet
  • Smoking
  • Tension from stress

There isn’t much you can do to avoid neck pain under all circumstances, but Dr. Genitempo can work with you to find ways to relieve some of the strain and tension making your neck pain worse. He might recommend switching positions often while working at a desk or holding your cell phone to your ear with your hand instead of your shoulder, among other suggestions. 

How is neck pain treated?

Non-surgical neck pain treatments are usually sufficient in relieving neck pain and the stiffness that comes with it, regardless of the causes and contributing factors. Dr. Genitempo offers several in-office therapies and products for sale in the office that help with pain relief. 

After a consultation, Dr. Genitempo works with you to customize a treatment plan. For neck pain, he often recommends:

  • Acupuncture
  • Electric stimulation acupuncture
  • Cupping therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Massage therapy
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM)
  • Herbal supplements

Alternative neck pain treatments can reduce your need for pharmaceutical medications. In some instances, they can help you avoid surgery or future complications too. 

Long-lasting or severe neck pain can make it hard to work, play sports, or get a good night’s sleep. Set up your neck pain treatment consultation by calling RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab or booking an appointment online today.