Neck Pain Requires Care of Orthopedic Spine Specialists
You don’t have to be an athlete to feel significant impact of neck pain. More than 7.6 million patients in the U.S. seek medical help annually for painful neck conditions, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Causes of neck pain vary widely, from sports injury or trauma to degenerative illness.
Spine specialists and orthopedic surgeons at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington treat patients suffering from neck pain or cervical spine disorders of all types, including:
- Neck sprain
- Pinched nerve (cervical radiculopathy)
- Neck muscle or ligament strain
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Herniated disc
- Sports injury (concussion)
- Automobile accident (whiplash)
- Impact injury from a fall
- Congenital torticollis (twisted neck)
- Spondylosis (cervical disc degeneration)
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Spinal fracture
- Infection (meningitis)
Neck pain impacts the cervical spine, comprised of vulnerable bones at the base of the skull. Each vertebra rests on ligaments and discs to provide essential stability for your head and mobility for the entire body. Cervical disc problems can result in chronic neck pain, pain radiating down the arms or legs, headaches, numbness, weakness, tingling, increasing difficulty moving and more, if not properly treated.
Diagnosing Cervical Spine Conditions
The best course of action for any patient suffering from neck pain should be to consult an orthopedic specialist. Baylor Scott & White – Arlington provides an attentive team of orthopedic doctors, spine specialists and orthopedic surgeons who can accurately assess neck problems using the latest in diagnostic imaging equipment. If traumatic injury such as a car accident or a fall results in neck pain, Baylor Scott & White – Arlington has an emergency department to assist patients 24/7.
The Mayo Clinic suggests a few key points to keep in mind when visiting a spine doctor about neck pain. First, make a list of symptoms, including when the neck pain started and if there was an injury or trauma involved. Tell your orthopedic specialist what medications you are taking and what movements tend to make your neck pain better or worse. Be sure to mention if other areas of the body are affected by your neck disorder, such as back pain, headaches, or tingling in the legs and arms.
Once your neck pain has been fully assessed with a physical exam and any related tests, a diagnosis can be made. With all the essential information about your condition and severity of the neck pain, doctors can discuss
treatment options in full. Orthopedic spine specialists may recommend noninvasive treatments for mild cervical spine disorders or neck strain. Some cases of neck pain respond well to:
- Application of ice/heat
- Pain management medication
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle adjustments (correct posture, ergonomic desk seating, pillows, sleep positions, etc.)
More severe neck pain caused by sports injury, trauma, or diseases such as spondylosis (cervical disc degeneration) may prompt a spine specialist to recommend steroid injections or orthopedic spine surgery to treat the problem. Patients should consider their age, medical history, level of pain, risk factors and severity of the neck condition before having any type of surgery. Rely on your doctor to help you make an informed decision regarding
orthopedic spine surgery.
Find Relief for Neck Pain
If you suffer from neck pain in Arlington, there’s no need to wonder why. Make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Baylor Scott & White – Arlington to get a comprehensive diagnosis as soon as possible. Call our spine care team at 855-41-ORTHO to learn more about advanced treatment options for cervical spine disorder or neck injury.