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About Cervical Sprain/Neck Sprain

A sprain in your neck may not sound like a big deal, but any neck injury is potentially serious. If you don’t get it examined and treated, you can suffer devastating consequences, even from a simple injury like a neck sprain. A healthy neck and upper spine maintain your mobility and enable an active lifestyle. Following an acute injury or after a prolonged period of neck pain, call on the spine experts at the Spine & Rehab Group to begin your neck sprain recovery and avoid further complications.

Is a Cervical Neck Sprain a Serious Condition?

Anatomy of the Neck

Cervical sprain or neck sprain is a serious condition because it affects the optimal function of the cervical spine: your neck. Your spine houses the spinal cord, which allows signals to flow to and from your brain. This communication through nerves controls all aspects of your body. The cervical or top end of the spine is the most flexible segment, as it allows neck movements in all directions. As a result, your neck is also the most vulnerable section of your spine.

A cervical sprain, also called a neck sprain, is a soft tissue injury that affects the ligaments in the cervical spine or neck, leading to pain and other symptoms. Ligaments in the cervical spine hold the vertebrae in the spinal cord together, stabilizing the spine and protecting the cervical discs. You can overstretch the ligaments to a point of injury, if you’re not careful.

If you suffer constant neck pain or upper back pain, it may be impossible to enjoy the things you used to do without the proper treatment. Dr. Amr Hosny and his team of spine doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group offer specialized sprained neck treatment. They have offices in New York City and across Morris County, Union County and Bergen County, New Jersey; one of them is near you.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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Have I Sprained my Cervical Spine?

Ligament damage is hard to miss, especially in the spine. You experience neck pain to such a degree that it prevents you from completing ordinary daily tasks. When the pain is this bad, you need to see a spine doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Other symptoms of a cervical or neck sprain include:

With a serious sprain, you’ll experience more severe symptoms, such as:

Your spine specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group have the latest medical equipment to ensure a correct diagnosis and the best sprained neck treatment. Find them in the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan or in Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, Cranford and East Brunswick, New Jersey.

What Can Cause a Neck Sprain?

The most common cause of a cervical sprain or a neck sprain is a severe force or trauma on the body. The suddenness of the force exerts excess pressure on the cervical ligaments, leading to neck injury or whiplash. This type of injury jolts your neck backward or forward, causing damage to soft tissues such as ligaments or muscles. Such exertion on the ligaments can occur due to:

Your spine specialist starts treatment with a thorough medical review and diagnostic tests. The findings help narrow down the cause of the neck sprain and determine the best path to neck sprain recovery.

patient TESTIMONIALS ★★★★★

I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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Who’s at Risk of a Cervical Neck Sprain?

While everyone is at risk of cervical sprain in case of neck injury, there are situations that can make you more vulnerable. By learning these risk factors, you can stay safe and avoid this debilitating spine disorder. Risk factors for cervical neck sprain include:

What Is the Most Effective Sprained Neck Treatment?

Your doctor first reviews the location, symptoms and severity of the ligament damage before determining how to treat your neck sprain. The diagnostics results become the basis for your individualized treatment plan. Treatment options for cervical sprain include:

If your neck pain is affecting your life, it’s time to see a spine specialist and learn how to treat a sprained neck. Talk to the doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group today. With eight locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, they can serve you wherever you are. Contact the nearest office for a consultation with the best neck and back specialists.

Page Updated on Oct 26, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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