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Neck and Spine Care

Care New England Spine Care

Back or neck pain can be a frightening and debilitating experience. You may worry that you will never feel like yourself again. Care New England Spine Care, located in Rhode Island, is here to identify the source of the problem, work with you on a solution and get you back to your regular activities as quickly as possible.

We have a team of medical professionals that is tailored to the various needs of people with back and neck pain. This includes primary spine practitioners who work with you to develop a personal plan for rapid and lasting recovery, physical therapists, pain management specialists, behavioral health clinicians and others.

Whether you have been recently injured or have suffered with back or neck pain for longer and have tried various options, we are ready to create a care plan that is just for you. Because of this approach, we can usually help people with even the most complicated situations find relief.

Services and Conditions We Treat

We see patients with recent back or neck pain as well as those who have “seen everybody and had everything” and can usually help them toward recovery.

Services offered:

  • Primary Spine Care (chiropractic physicians working closely with physical therapists)
  • Orthopedic spine surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Injections
  • Behavioral health
  • Opioid dependence recovery
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise programs
  • Nutritional support

Whatever the problem is and which services you may need, you will be guided every step of the way toward rapid and lasting recovery.

Conditions we treat:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Disc problems
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac problems
  • Pregnancy-related back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Work-related back or neck pain
  • Post-surgical back or neck pain
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Hip

Care New England Spine Care

600 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
P: (401) 728-2200
F: (401) 728-2031

What to Expect

When you come to the Care New England Spine Care Program, you will first see one of our primary spine practitioners (PSP), who is a specially-trained chiropractic physician. Many people associate chiropractic physicians with manipulation (“cracking”) of the back or neck. Manipulation is a useful therapeutic tool for some conditions but you do not have to receive manipulation. Your PSP has a variety of methods to help you.

Your first visit

You will be asked to fill out a few questionnaires that allow the PSP to get to know more about your problem and how it affects you. They also help the PSP monitor your progress over time.

The PSP will talk with you in detail about the problem and will then examine you to determine a diagnosis and make recommendations about the best way to help you. This may include:

  • Recommending simple but specific exercises to help you help yourself.
  • Applying gentle hands-on procedures to reduce your pain and improve your mobility.
  • Connecting you with other members of our care team, depending on your specific needs.
  • Sending you for x-rays or an MRI.
  • Recommending one or more of the services we offer through the program.

Following up

You will probably see the PSP several times in the weeks after your first appointment and you may work with a physical therapist for a few sessions.

When to Seek Medical Attention for Back and Neck Pain

Many people develop some kind of spine problem at some point in their life. In most cases, the pain is not severe and resolves itself fairly quickly. However, there are times when the pain can be very intense and does not go away on its own.

Here are some general guidelines to help you decide when to seek medical attention for back or neck pain. See a doctor if you experience:

  • Pain that is severe and that lasts more than two or three days.
  • Pain that interferes with your ability to work.
  • Pain that runs down one or both arms or legs.
  • Pain that is accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs.
  • Pain that is accompanied by unexplained weight loss.
  • Back pain that is accompanied by abdominal pain.
  • Neck pain that is accompanied by headache. 

To set up an appointment with Care New England's Spine Care specialists, call (401) 728-2200. 

The following situations should alert you to visit the emergency room:

  • Pain after a high-impact car crash or a bad fall.
  • Pain that is accompanied by high fever.
  • Back pain that is accompanied by numbness in your groin area.
  • Back pain that is accompanied by a new problem with bowel or bladder control.
  • Severe neck pain that is accompanied by blurred or double vision, vertigo (a feeling of spinning), numbness or tingling on one side of your body, trouble swallowing or speaking or intense nausea.