This article offers an overview of the spine conditions that a neck specialist can provide treatment options for.

If you are suffering from neck pain it can start to feel like the search for effective treatment is almost as difficult as the discomfort and limited mobility you’re experiencing. Finding a neck specialist with a good reputation who has the experience and talent necessary to relieve your pain is what you deserve, but it can be hard to find.

Neck specialist is a broad term that can apply to many different types of doctors — from an orthopedic spine surgeon to a rheumatologist or physiatrist who specializes in this part of the body. It is also important to find neck or back specialists who have experience treating the condition you’ve been diagnosed with.

Conditions typically treated by a cervical spine specialist

When you need to see a neck specialist, it is usually because you have a spine condition in the cervical (upper) region and you have exhausted conservative treatment options. Here are some of the common conditions that patients consult with a neck specialist for:

  • Degenerative disc disease. Often, the source of pain in the neck can be a herniated or bulging disc that is putting pressure on a spinal nerve.
  • Facet disease. The deterioration of the facet joints — the joints that link the vertebrae in the neck — can lead to arthritic pain and a measurable loss of mobility.
  • Spinal stenosis. The narrowing of any of the canals in the spinal column, as a result of displaced tissue, can lead to nerve compression.
  • Bone spurs. These bone growths are the body’s natural healing mechanism, but can become painful if they come in contact with a nerve or any other soft tissue.

If you are consulting with a neck specialist regarding surgical options, you should understand that spine surgery is an elective procedure and you should not feel pressured to undergo surgery. Make sure you find a physician who is diligent in ensuring you are a good surgical candidate and that you have fully explored conservative treatment options.

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute performs minimally invasive spine surgery that can treat all of the above conditions in the cervical spine. Our outpatient procedures require only a less than 1-inch incision and other muscle-sparing techniques, leading to a shorter recovery time when compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.^

To learn more about our minimally invasive spine procedures, contact us today. We’re happy to provide you with a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of the procedures.