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There can be many causes of neck pain, and not all require medical attention. Rest and being mindful of your posture while at the desk, looking down at a mobile device or talking on a telephone often can help.
If numbness, weakness in your arms or hands, or shooting pains down your arm accompany your neck pain, it’s time to talk to your health care provider. There could be pressure on the nerve roots or the cervical portion of your spinal cord if you experience tingling and weakness.
Neck pain can affect every aspect of life, from driving, sleeping and maintaining employment to mental health. Patients may experience the following symptoms:
Treating neck pain and restoring normal activity starts with diagnosing the underlying cause. The combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine has extensive experience treating neck pain and its underlying conditions.
Common causes of neck pain include:
The combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine has surgical and nonsurgical expertise in all neck disorders that may cause pain. We treat adults and children in Louisville, Southern Indiana and beyond.
If your neck pain isn’t getting worse or causing significant difficulties, your physician likely will monitor your condition at regular intervals.
Treatment for neck pain begins with physical therapy to strengthen and condition the muscles and improve range of motion. Patients also may receive anti-inflammatory or pain medication to help with faster relief of symptoms.
Other nonsurgical neck pain treatments may provide additional relief. These include:
Your physician may recommend surgical treatment of severe neck pain that causes weakness, or if it worsens.
When surgery is needed, the combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine has expertise in minimally invasive and motion-preservation procedures:
Robotic- and computer-assisted techniques allow for greater precision and can help reduce pain and shorten your recovery.
Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons from Norton Neuroscience Institute and pain management specialists who provide care for adults and children from Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as from across the region, nation and world.
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