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Neck Pain Specialist

Kai Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Little Silver, NJ

Around 30% of adults in the United States experience neck pain each year, and the pain is recurring or chronic in almost half of these cases. For many Americans, their neck pain is so severe, it prevents them from doing the activities they love. Zachary Perlman, DO, treats people with neck pain at Kai Sports Medicine in Little Silver, New Jersey. His individualized care plans not only treat the pain but also help prevent it from happening again. Find out more or make an appointment today — call the practice or book through the website.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Medical professionals classify neck pain — any pain that affects the neck area — in three ways: acute, subacute, and chronic.


Acute neck pain lasts for no longer than four weeks, and there's usually a clear cause and treatment.


Subacute neck pain lasts for between one and three months. Although the cause may be clear, treatment may vary by person or type of injury.


Chronic neck pain lasts for three months or more and can persist for years. Usually, chronic neck pain is incurable, but the symptoms are manageable.

Neck pain can develop suddenly and without any warning, slowly over time, immediately following an injury, or even several weeks or months after an injury. Dr. Perlman works with you to identify what type of neck pain you have and creates a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain rarely occurs in isolation. People with neck pain often complain of other symptoms, including:

  • Trouble moving the head or neck
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Stinging or stabbing pain
  • Pain radiating down the arm or back
  • Grip weakness

Neck pain can affect your mobility, sleep patterns, and posture. See Dr. Perlman for an individualized treatment plan.

What causes neck pain?

An average head weighs 11 pounds. However, when you bend your head at a 60-degree angle — like when studying or texting on your phone — it adds 60 pounds of pressure onto your neck and spine. This type of daily muscle strain not only causes neck pain but also makes your neck more vulnerable to injury and susceptible to illness. Here are some of the most common causes of neck pain.


Whiplash occurs when your head and neck violently jerks backward and forward, like when in a vehicle collision or during high-impact sports.

Worn joints

Osteoarthritis causes deterioration in the cartilage between your vertebrae, wearing down your neck joint.

Nerve compression

Bone spurs and herniated discs can press against the nerves in your neck, causing irritation and inflammation.


Neck pain can be a symptom of some diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and meningitis.

Dr. Perlman assesses your condition so that he can effectively alleviate and treat the source of pain and the symptoms.

If neck pain is affecting your quality of life, it's time to seek treatment. Call Kai Sports Medicine today to make an appointment or book through this website.

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