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Neck Pain

Neck and back pain often come together. Patients often describe their neck pain in the following ways:

  • Localized to the sides of the neck and the back muscles
  • Pain in the muscles that extend over the back of the neck and shoulders
  • A sharp pain between the shoulder blades and down the arm
  • Headaches that start in the back and at the base of the skull

There are seven discs in your neck. These are called the cervical discs. Discs are doughnut-shaped, spongy cushions that fit between each vertebra to absorb shock and tie the vertebrae together to ease bending and twisting.

Treating neck pain starts with diagnosing the underlying cause. This may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Deformity
  • Fracture
  • Muscle strain
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Tumor

Neck Pain Treatment

With a combination of nonsurgical, surgical and innovative techniques, we typically can help relieve neck pain.

Treatment options include:

  • Observation is recommended for minor neck pain that isn’t getting worse or causing significant difficulties. Observation includes visits at regular intervals to ensure the condition isn’t progressing.
  • Prescription medication can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy can help relieve symptoms.
  • Injections can treat pain and reduce swelling.
  • Severe neck pain may be treated with surgery if the condition causes pain or weakness, or if it worsens.
  • Surgical options include:
    • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    • Cervical disc replacement
    • Posterior cervical decompression and/or fusion

Care That’s Focused on You

  • We offer same-day appointments and Saturday hours.
  • No referral is needed.
  • With 11 offices in Louisville and surrounding areas, including Southern Indiana, we’re close to home or work.
  • Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center is the only center in Louisville dedicated to outpatient neurological and spine rehabilitation.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center offers free classes and support to patients and their families.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

Why Norton Neuroscience Institute for Your Spine Care Services

  • Our experienced team includes 11 board-certified neurosurgeons, 12 advanced practice providers, neuro-spine specialized rehabilitation therapists and pain management specialists.
  • We are nationally recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs.
  • We offer comprehensive care ranging from nonsurgical treatments to the most advanced surgical technologies, including minimally invasive approaches and robotic-assisted surgery.
  • Surgery is considered only after trying noninvasive treatments.
  • Our physicians and advanced practice providers are skilled in pinpointing your diagnosis, offering the right care and working to get you back to feeling yourself.
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