Neck doctors are specialty-trained orthopedic providers who can diagnose and treat patients with a range of conditions and injuries that are causing them neck pain. Sometimes, these specialists help a person coping with a nerve condition, such as cervical radiculopathy, which is a compressed nerve. Neck doctors may also treat patients with a chronic disease, such as arthritis, that is causing pain. Other times, the neck issue may be due to an injury, such as whiplash after a car accident.
The joints in the neck are sometimes referred to as the cervical spine. When a neck specialist examines a patient, he or she will look at the cervical spine to see if it is damaged. However, the neck also includes muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, and other soft tissues, and any of them can become damaged and cause neck pain.
After a comprehensive exam, the surgeon may treat the patient using a nonsurgical method and ultimately decide that spine surgery is not needed. If so, a nonsurgical spine care solution would be offered, such as wearing a neck brace or receiving a facet joint injection. Other times, the issue is more complex and requires some type of neck surgery. No matter the treatment, neck doctors have the skills and knowledge to help reduce or eliminate pain and restore proper function.
Should You See a Neck Doctor?
It may be time to see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Chronic neck pain
- Feeling of clumsiness when using your arms or hands
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain due to poor posture
- Numbness and tingling in the arm
- Pain in the neck or behind your ear
- Rubbing, bone-on-bone sensation
- Stiff neck
These problems may indicate that you are dealing with a neck injury or condition, such as:
- Cervical herniated disc
- Cervical radiculopathy (cervical nerve root disorder)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint pain
- Neck arthritis
- Neck injury due to an accident, such as whiplash
- Spinal stenosis
- Sports-related injury
Specialized Neck Care You Can Trust in Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport
At Appalachian Orthopedics, we offer three convenient locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, and Johnson City. Our specialty-trained neck doctor and physical medicine and rehabilitation expert at Appalachian Orthopedics, Dr. Benjamin Knox and Dr. William Hodgson, have a full understanding of the spine's anatomy and are dedicated to delivering an exceptional level of neck care. Our doctors will apply their expertise directly to your situation to guide you toward treatments that help reduce pain and restore you to optimal health. Our neck specialists always carefully consider nonsurgical options first before recommending surgery. Early on, they may take X-rays so that they can further study the spinal column and surrounding structures to determine which nonsurgical treatment may be right for you, such as physical therapy or injections. If surgery is ultimately needed, rest assured that our neck surgeon is fellowship-trained specifically in spine surgery and will use his advanced skills along with our state-of-the-art technology to perform a surgical procedure that can help reduce or eliminate your pain and help you gain the use of your neck again.
Working alongside our neck surgeon and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, our licensed physical therapists provide a full and comprehensive set of outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation services. They treat each patient's problem individually through an evaluation to design a specific treatment plan with the overall goal of restoring function and enhancing one's quality of life.
If your neck pain is keeping you from living an active life, schedule an appointment with our expert neck surgeon or physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor to diagnose and treat your neck issue by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our three locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, or Johnson City.