Neck Pain Specialist

Jonathan Gentile, MD -  - Pain Management Physician

Indiana Spine Group

Jonathan Gentile, MD

Pain Management Physician & Anesthesiologist located in Carmel, Indianapolis, & Kokomo, IN

Your digital device may make it easier for you to work from home and stay in contact with friends and family, but all that time you spend with your head bent may be the cause of your neck pain. Jonathan Gentile, MD, of Indiana Spine Group, which has locations in Carmel, Kokomo, and Indianapolis, Indiana, treats cases of both acute and chronic neck pain. To get relief from your neck pain, call the office or book an appointment using the website scheduling tool.

Neck Pain Q&A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a common complaint but rarely a symptom of a serious health concern. Your neck is part of your spine and supports the weight and movement of your head.

The structure and function of your neck make it vulnerable to discomfort. The type of pain you feel may range from a dull ache to sharp shooting pain. Neck pain may also cause headaches or tingling and numbness that radiates into your arms or upper back.

Neck pain may be acute or chronic. 

Acute neck pain

Acute neck pain occurs suddenly after an accident. This type of pain usually resolves within a few days or a few weeks. 

Chronic neck pain

Chronic neck pain is a type of pain that lasts three or more months. You may develop chronic neck pain after an acute injury or an underlying degenerative condition. 

What are the common causes of neck pain?

You can develop neck pain from any number of causes, including poor posture, injury, or degenerative changes that occur as you get older. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Whiplash
  • Fractures
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated disc
  • Radiculopathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis

Whether your neck pain is acute or chronic, Dr. Gentile and the team at Indiana Spine Group can help. 

What happens during a neck pain evaluation?

During your neck pain evaluation at Indiana Spine Group, Dr. Gentile conducts an in-depth clinical exam to fully understand the root cause of your pain. 

First, he reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, he conducts a physical exam and runs diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, such as blood work, X-rays, MRI, or nerve conduction studies.

How is neck pain treated?

Indiana Spine Group creates individualized treatment plans for the management of neck pain based on the underlying cause, the severity of symptoms, and medical history. When possible, Dr. Gentile utilizes conservative treatments to relieve pain and optimize function.

Your plan may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Spinal cord stimulation

If conservative measures fail to provide relief, Dr. Gentile works closely with the other surgeons at Indiana Spine Group to determine the source of your pain and offer the most effective treatment.

You may also qualify for an investigative study treatment that Indiana Spine Group is participating in. If available, Dr. Gentile discusses the details with you during your consultation.

Don’t let neck pain dictate your life. To get relief, call Indiana Spine Group, or book an appointment online today.