What kinds of treatments do neck specialists perform?
Neck pain is something that nearly everyone is familiar with to some degree, especially minor muscle strains and stiffness. However, pain and other symptoms caused by a spine condition is less common, but can be debilitating if it does affect you. The cervical (upper) spine is responsible for supporting the weight of the skull and providing mobility for the head and upper body, which puts tremendous pressure on the neck.
This combination of stress and flexibility results in gradual wearing, which can eventually lead to a variety of degenerative spine conditions that cause neck pain and other pain-related symptoms. If basic treatments, like rest, ice and over-the-counter medication, have not been effective in relieving this pain, your doctor may recommend that you see a neck specialist for more involved treatment. Learning more about these specific methods can help you a better understand the options available to you. This can enable you to work more closely with your doctor and offer you a better chance of getting the relief you need.
Treatment options a neck specialist can provide
While many patients might think of a spine surgeon as being the only type of neck specialist, there are actually many medical professionals who can specialize in treating cervical spine conditions. This can range from chiropractors, to physiatrists to licensed practitioners of alternative medicine.
Neck specialists offer a variety of different treatments depending on their specialty, and neck surgery is usually an option only when conservative options have been reasonably exhausted. Typically prescribed conservative treatments include:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching techniques
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Epidural steroid injections
Neck specialists can also treat symptoms in other parts of the body that can be traced to cervical degeneration, such as:
- Muscle weakness in the shoulders, arms or hands
- Numbness or tingling in the fingertips
- Pain that radiates along the ulnar nerve
- A burning sensation in one or both of the arms
- Diminished reflexes
Laser Spine Institute
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