Nearly everyone will experience back and neck pain at some point. In fact, more people seek medical advice for musculosketal pain than any other health concern. Your aching neck and back could be the result of a number of conditions ranging from simple muscle strain to the presence of a tumor or infection.

One of the most common causes of back and neck pain is acute physical trauma.  Severe back and neck pain is often accompanied by numbness and tingling sensations in the hands and arms, and legs and feet. These symptoms are typically associated with a problem related to the spine rather than muscles. Nerves and nerve roots, connective tissue, vertebrae and discs or other structures of the back may be affected. This pain is more serious, lasts longer, and requires professional intervention and treatment.

Disc herniations are a cause of spinal pain that most often occur in the lumbar and cervical areas of the spine. The herniation applies pressure to spinal nerve roots and can cause neurological symptoms as well as pain. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, or a feeling like an electric shock running down the arms and/or legs and continue into the hands and feet. Motor weakness and complications may also result.


Most people associate spine care only with the medical specialty of orthopaedics. But, many medical specialties have expertise about and approach to spine problems and care.  

Physiatry – Dr. Chagnon is a Board Certified physiatrist. Also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine, Physiatrists are medical doctors with specialized training in the evaluation and nonsurgical management of spinal disorders. Physiatrists are trained in the following areas: diagnostic evaluation, diagnostic and therapeutic spinal and soft tissue injections, pharmacologic (medication) treatment, biomechanical (physical function) evaluation, exercise prescription, injury assessment, spinal bracing, and medical acupuncture.

Chiropractic/Manual Treatment – Dr. Chere is trained in manual spinal intervention techniques such as joint mobilization and manipulation, therapeutic exercise development, biomechanical analysis, job site and task analysis, ergonomic consultation, and patient education. 

Anesthesiology and Pain Management – Hartford Physical Medicine provides both diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections, acupuncture, and other non-surgical methods of controlling pain such as Trigger point injections are also provided.

Radiology - Diagnostic imaging, using techniques such as MRI and CAT scans as well as interventional injection techniques, are a central element of Hartford Physical Medicine’s services.

Neurology – Referrals to Neurologists who specialize in the evaluation and management of pain, numbness, and weakness that may be caused by degenerative, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune disorders involving the spinal cord or its nerve roots are occasionally needed.


We offer a broad range of professional services and experience in treating injuries from automobile and traffic accidents. From whiplash to post-concussion syndrome our team of physicians offers treatment for injuries affecting the entire nervous system. Our centers physician specialists provide testing, evaluation and treatment for every possible aspect of such injuries.

The impact of two cars exerts thousands of pounds of force and consequently much of that force is transmitted to the neck and spine. Frequently, there is injury to the cervical spine because of the weight of the head snapping forward and back. Thus the term: whiplash. If the head strikes something in the car there could be additional injuries such as Post-Concussion syndrome. Some symptoms of injury might show up immediately but others may not appear for weeks or months. Emergency room treatment might not fully reveal these injuries. 

Some common symptoms of whiplash and Post-Concussion Syndrome are:

  • Neck pain and restriction of movement
  • Headache that won’t go away
  • Tiredness and feelings of nervousness
  • Trouble with balance, equilibrium
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Nausea.
  • Inability to sleep and excessive sweating. 
  • Numbness in extremities. 
  • Inability to concentrate or memory loss.

Hartford Physical Medicine’s Centers for Physical Medicine and Orthopedics is recognized for years of effective treatment for pain and accident damage. Our doctors provide immediate help after thorough testing and evaluation. Whiplash or Post-Concussion treatment includes neurological testing, neuropsychology, medically prescribed chiropractic and physical therapies, as well as neurodiagnostic examination when deemed necessary.  

Hartford Physical Medicines Board Certified specialists have decades of experience providing care to accident victims and working with their insurance companies. Long recognized for expertise in treating head, neck and back injuries. If your client has been in a car accident and may be experiencing pain and discomfort please schedule a visit to Hartford Physical Medicine.  Immediate appointments are available.

For more information about Hartford Physical Medicine or an appointment, call 860-947-0322