Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Internal Medicine located in Roswell, NM
Neck pain is a widespread complaint, affecting one in 10 adults. If you’re experiencing neck pain, Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico in Roswell, New Mexico, offers both noninvasive and surgical neck pain treatments to quickly set you on the road to recovery and restore your quality of life. At the practice, Omar N. Osmani, MD, and David Ball, DPM, provide expert care for neck pain. Call the office today.
Neck Treatments Q & A
What does neck pain feel like?
Neck pain is discomfort in or around your cervical spine, which includes the seven vertebrae and muscles that help support your skull. Neck pain can present in many different ways, such as:
- Dull, aching pain
- Sharp, localized pain
- Pain in your shoulder
- Numbness/tingling in your hand or arm
- Weakness in your arm muscles
- Reduced range of motion
- Clumsiness/coordination problems
- Radiating arm pain
- Muscle spasms or tightness
Sometimes neck pain goes away naturally over time, but if neck pain is prolonged or due to significant trauma, see the team at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico for an evaluation.
What causes neck pain?
The most common causes of neck pain are a soft-tissue injury, such as a sprain, or wear and tear over time. Neck pain also may result from:
- Disc herniation
- Car accidents
- Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (degenerative osteoarthritis)
- Nerve compression
- Muscle injuries
With age, the discs cushioning your vertebrae in your neck gradually dry out, which makes the discs more susceptible to tearing or rupturing, leading to neck pain.
How is neck pain diagnosed?
Expect your practitioner at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico to review your symptoms and go over your medical history. They examine your neck and may gently press on your shoulder and neck to feel for trigger (tender) points. They may recommend imaging procedures, such as an X-ray or MRI, both of which are available onsite.
As soon as they diagnose the source of your neck pain, they recommend a treatment plan that typically begins with conservative measures.
What are the Neck Treatments?
Your treatment plan is customized to your specific condition. With a herniated disc, your practitioner may suggest:
- Cold/heat therapy
- Physical therapy
- Spinal therapy
If you need surgery, the team may recommend anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). During this surgery, they remove your herniated disc and replace it with a bone graft. The graft prevents your vertebrae from rubbing together or collapsing.
In cases where your neck joints are worn down due to degenerative osteoarthritis and your spinal cord is compressed causing gate, balance problems, and weakness in the extremities, your specialist may recommend a cervical laminoplasty. This is a surgery that relieves pressure on your cervical spinal nerves by repositioning or reshaping bone in your neck.
To find out more about effective treatment options for neck pain, call Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico today.