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. The center’s founder, Omar N. Osmani, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with dual subspecialty fellowship training. Get expert care for neck pain today by calling the office.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Your treatment plan is customized to your specific condition. With a herniated disc, your practitioner may suggest:
If you need surgery, Dr. Osmani may recommend anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). During this surgery, he removes your herniated disc and replaces 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 problem, and weakness in the extremities, Dr. Osmani 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.