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Neck Pain

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What it is

The neck (cervical spine) is composed of vertebrae that begin in the upper torso and end at the base of the skull. The bony vertebrae along with the ligaments (which are comparable to thick rubber bands) provide stability to the spine. The muscles allow for support and motion. The neck has a significant amount of motion and supports the weight of the head. However, because it is less protected than the rest of the spine, the neck can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion. For many people, neck pain is a temporary condition that disappears with time. Others need medical diagnosis and treatment to relieve their symptoms.

Fortunately, many conditions can be treated non- surgically by a orthopedic spine specialist.  Spine surgeons work with international pain management specialized anesthesiologists as well as Physiatrists, the practitioners of physical medicine and rehabilitation, to reduce the expression of symptoms with oral medications, injectable medications, and lifestyle modifications.  Many spine issues can be resolved with these conservative measures so the majority of spine issues start with these treatments as well as x-rays, EMG, and MRI if warranted; some symptoms are more serious than others and may advance a patient beyond conservative treatment without trying them first. If symptoms specifically indicate a need for surgical intervention, or conservative treatments fail to provide enough relief than surgery may then be considered and will be discussed.

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Source from AAOS, Viewmedica, WebMD

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