Neck pain is responsible for 15% of chronic pain in adults, the second-most percentage. The orthopedic surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic specialize in pinpointing the source of your pain and developing a customized treatment plan that draws from many therapeutic options to optimize pain relief and maximize neck function. Don’t keep living with neck pain. Call the office in the San Antonio or South Texas area or book an appointment online.
Your neck consists of seven cervical vertebrae, a shock-absorbing disc between each bone, and muscles and ligaments that provide stability while allowing movement. The neck’s range of motion and its role in supporting the weight of your head make it vulnerable to soft-tissue injuries and degenerative disorders.
The most common causes of neck pain include:
First-line treatment begins with anti-inflammatory medications and rest, which may be sufficient if you have a simple pulled muscle or strain. Diagnostic imaging — X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging or a CT scan — helps to evaluate the underlying cause.
Treatment focuses on reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. Depending on the severity and cause of your neck pain, your individualized treatment plan may include:
You may need surgery if conservative measures don’t relieve your symptoms or when the underlying cause of your neck pain is advanced or severe.
The orthopedic surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic perform the following surgeries to treat neck pain: