The board certified surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in using surgical and non-surgical treatment modalities to treat acute and chronic neck pain.

Neck Pain

The neck, or the cervical spine, is composed of bony vertebrae that begin from the upper part of the chest and culminate at the base of the skull. These, along with the ligaments, provide stability to the spine and bear the weight of the head. However, due to being much less protected than the thoracic and lumbar spine, the neck is quite susceptible to injuries and conditions that result in pain.  Mostly, the condition is not serious and is caused due to straining of muscles due to wear and tear or poor posture. However, you must seek immediate orthopedic care if the neck pain due to an injury or is severe.

Causes of Neck Pain

  • Muscle Strains: Keeping the neck in similar position for hours like, hunching over the steering wheel or leaning over the computer screen, can cause neck pain. Even grinding your teeth and reading in bed can put pressure on the neck muscles.
  • Worn Out Joints: The structures in the neck also tend to undergo wear and tear which may result in Osteoarthritis.
  • Injuries: Damage to the soft tissues of the neck due to auto accidents, falls, playing collision sports and Whiplash may also lead to pain.
  • Compressed Nerves: Bony growths or herniated discs in the neck can also compress the nerves bifurcating from the spinal cord.
  • Other Conditions: Certain medical conditions such as Arthritis, Spondylosis and Pinched Nerve may also result in neck pain.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

  • Dull and persistent pain in the neck
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty moving the neck
  • Inability to turn the head
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the arms
  • Throat pain
  • Weakness in arms

Treatment for Neck Pain

  • Medications: The spine specialist in Frisco may prescribe certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and stiffness.
  • Neck Exercises: Performing certain stretching exercises, as recommended by the physical therapist, can help to restore muscle function, correct posture and strengthen the neck muscles.
  • Traction: This involves gently stretching the neck and keeping it immobilized for certain time. It may be helpful to provide quicker relief from neck pain caused due to irritation in the nerve roots.
  • Temporary Immobilization: The spine surgeon may also recommend wearing a soft collar to provide support and take off pressure from the neck.
  • Surgery: It is rarely required for neck pain. However, surgery might be needed if the pain is caused due to compressed spinal cord or nerve roots.

For diagnosis and treatment of neck pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 - 5502.