Neck Pain Specialist

Precision Pain Management, LLC

John A Coccaro, MD

Pain Management & Aesthetics & Regenerative Medicine Specialist located in Toms River, NJ

When you’re dealing with neck pain, it can be difficult to focus on much else. At Precision Pain Management, LLC, in Toms River, New Jersey, John Coccaro, MD, and his team offer in-depth evaluations and personalized treatment plans for neck pain. The practice specializes in a number of alternative and minimally invasive treatments and works with you to find the best solution for your condition. To speak with a pain management specialist about your neck pain, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Your neck is a complex structure made of bones, joints, muscles, and other soft tissue. Damage to any of the structures in your neck can result in varying degrees of pain. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Strains
  • Worn joints
  • Arthritis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Whiplash
  • Bone spurs
  • Abnormalities of the vertebrae

In many cases, neck pain is caused by overuse and poor posture. Spending too much time hunched over a computer or looking down at your phone can easily strain the muscles in your neck. The joints in your neck can also wear down over time (osteoarthritis), leading to bone spurs, pain, and stiffness. Injuries are another common cause of neck pain.

Auto injuries like whiplash occur when the head and neck forcefully jerk back and forth. Certain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or meningitis can also cause neck pain. In rare cases, neck pain stems from a serious condition like cancer.

What is chronic neck pain?

Although most types of neck pain are fairly short-lived (just a few weeks), some cases can persist for long periods. Chronic neck pain refers to any neck pain that lasts longer than three months. Chronic neck pain can be continuous or come and go over time.

When should I see a doctor about my neck pain?

Neck pain can cause a number of concerning symptoms, including muscle tightness, muscle spasms, headaches, and difficulty moving your head. If your symptoms don’t improve with at-home measures like over-the-counter pain relievers or ice packs, then it’s time to seek medical attention at Precision Pain Management, LLC.

Issues like compressed nerves, worn joints, or neck injuries can worsen without proper care.

If your neck pain is accompanied by symptoms like numbness, tingling in your arms and hands, you should seek immediate medical care. You should also seek immediate care if you experience neck pain after an auto or personal injury.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of your neck pain as well as the underlying cause. Before you begin treatment, Dr. Coccaro performs a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam, imaging tests, and a review of your medical history. Dr. Coccaro uses these details to develop your personalized treatment plan.

Depending on your evaluation, your neck pain treatment plan may include:

  • Medication (e.g., Suboxone®, anti-inflammatories)
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Spinal cord stimulation with Nevro HF10® or Boston Scientific systems
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Botox® injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Facet and sacroiliac joint injections
  • Epidural injections
  • Sympathetic chain blocks
  • Selective nerve blocks
  • Medial branch blocks


Precision Pain Management, LLC, offers a wide range of safe and effective treatments for neck pain. The team provides you with the individualized care you need to get rid of your pain and get back to your normal life. To find out which treatment is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.