Neck Pain

Steven Grossinger, DO

Pain Management Physician & Neurologist located in Wilmington, DE & Springfield, PA

Neck pain affects more than 30% of American adults each year. If you're one of them, Dr. Steven Grossinger can evaluate you in one of his offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Philadelphia area. Dr. Grossinger is a skilled Pain Management physician who specializes in treating acute and chronic pain. Surgery isn't the only solution for treating neck pain and discomfort that radiates into the arms. Dr. Grossinger offers nonsurgical, opioid-free solutions that deliver lasting results. Let Dr. Grossinger help you explore your options for care. Call the office today to speak with a friendly team member or request an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What symptoms are linked to neck pain?

Neck pain may have associated discomfort that spreads to your shoulders, arms, or hands. Headaches may originate from a problem in your neck.

People with neck pain may experience muscle tightness or spasms. These symptoms can affect your mobility and tolerance for activity at home, work, exercise or sports.  

If you struggle with stubborn neck pain, Dr. Grossinger can help. During your visit, he performs an in-depth evaluation to get to the root of the problem. Dr. Grossinger identifies the source of your symptoms and develops a treatment strategy. 

What causes neck pain?

Many people spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen or staring down at a smartphone. These devices may put your neck in awkward positions for prolonged periods.  Over time, these postures may strain your muscles and trigger neck problems. 

Neck pain can also develop if your job or lifestyle requires frequent turning of your head.

Traumatic injuries, like auto accidents or work-related injuries, can also be responsible for neck pain. A neck injury can damage supporting structures of your neck or compress nerves. An accident or fall may also fracture bones or damage your disks. Without treatment, these injuries can cause debilitating pain. 

As we get older, neck pain may be a sign of arthritis. This degenerative joint condition can cause inflammation and discomfort in your neck. Arthritis often affects many areas of the body. But some patients might experience symptoms only in their neck.

How is neck pain treated?

During your consultation, Dr. Grossinger discusses how your neck pain developed and your medical history to narrow down factors that may contribute to your symptoms.

Dr. Grossinger conducts a musculoskeletal and neurological examination to clarify the function of your neck and its associated structures including your spinal cord, discs, and nerves. He may perform EMG nerve testing or obtain imaging with MRI evaluation to pinpoint the source of your pain.  

After he makes a diagnosis, Dr. Grossinger develops a customized treatment plan. He explores nonsurgical solutions for your neck pain, including consideration of procedures that can reduce inflammation and block pain. 

Dr. Grossinger may recommend and perform:

  • Cervical epidural injections 
  • Cervical facet joint injections
  • Greater occipital nerve blocks

Steroids and epidural procedures don't use opioids, so there is no risk of dependency. If you prefer to avoid medication altogether, Dr. Grossinger can provide non-pharmaceutical options. Physical therapy and neck support modalities may relieve some of your pain.

Is surgery my only option?

Neck surgery can be painful, invasive, and risky. Dr. Grossinger helps patients avoid surgery by using unique treatments like Regenerative Medicine. These options work with your body's natural healing processes. Regenerative therapies can stimulate cell regeneration and relieve pain without surgery.

Dr. Grossinger is the best neck pain specialist to choose for relief from your neck discomfort. Call the office today to speak with a friendly team member or request an appointment online.