Our neck doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for neck injuries and conditions.
Neck doctors are medical specialists who have a deep understanding of the anatomy of the neck, the injuries and conditions the neck is most susceptible to, and strategies to treat neck issues and neck pain.
Neck doctors often work with employers to help them find new ways to structure their workplace and work processes so employees can avoid neck injuries. However, neck doctors also work directly with employees who have strained their neck while on the job. While manual labor often comes to mind as a source of neck pain, office jobs can be just as damaging. For example, an employee may have to sit in one position, sometimes awkwardly, for many hours at a time.
Neck doctors also see many patients who have suffered whiplash, a severe type of neck sprain. While this pain can be intense, it usually improves and that person can return to their normal life and activities. People with arthritis seek out neck doctors too. After these patients talk to their doctor about their symptoms and concerns, the neck doctor can work with them and find ways to improve their pain and overall quality of life.
When It's Time to See a Neck Doctor
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a neck issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further neck, back, or spine damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best neck, back, and spine care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your neck:
- Arm or hand tingles
- Intermittent muscle spasms
- Neck is sensitive and tender to the touch
- Pain that is worse in the morning after sleeping
- Radiating pain that either goes down to the shoulders or up towards the head
- Sensations of grinding when you turn your head
- Tension in the neck that is constant
These symptoms often correspond to a more serious medical condition, such as:
- Cervical disc damage
- Cervical kyphosis
- Chronic neck pain
- Compressed nerve or nerves
- Degenerative disc disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Our orthopedic doctors understand that neck, back, and spine pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our neck doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online.
Our neck specialists also understand that some injuries occur when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine
Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your neck pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.
Our fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Benjamin W. Burkett, M.D., and our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of neck, back, and spine injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. Our neck doctors are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.
Taking a team approach, our orthopedic doctors work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our therapists provide expert physical therapy services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.