Find out how an orthopaedic specialist can help get your neck pain under control.
Neck pain is one of the most common reasons people visit our orthopaedic physicians in Manassas, VA. Whether your neck pain stems from a car accident or the problem has been developing over time, it’s important that you seek proper medical attention as soon as possible to prevent the issue from getting worse.
What can cause neck pain?
There are some many things that can lead to neck pain, from injuries to diseases. Common causes of neck pain include,
- Strains and sprains
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerve
- Spondylosis (wear and tear of the bones and soft tissue of the spine)
Along with neck pain, you may also experience stiffness, limited range of motion, pain that radiates to your back or arms, muscles weakness, and headaches. It’s also possible to experience tingling or numbness in the neck, arms, and hands.
What will happen when I come into your office for care?
We will first go through your medical history and then ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. Our Manassas orthopaedic doctor will then perform a physical exam to check the muscles and joints of the neck. Some tests may be performed to check nerve function, reflexes, and muscle strength.
Based on our findings, we may also recommend certain imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI to check the anatomy of your spine for problems such as a herniated disc, fractures, an infection, etc.
How does an orthopedist treat neck pain?
There are a variety of nonsurgical treatment options that can help manage your pain and improve your condition, and we will work with you to create the perfect treatment plan. Some treatment options include,
- Ice or heat therapy
- Immobilization (wearing a neck brace)
- Pain medications
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy
In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to treat certain conditions such as a herniated disc or conditions that are putting pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.
Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists has offices in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, to serve you better. Don’t let neck pain impact your daily life—call us today to schedule an evaluation with one of our orthopaedic specialists.