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Neck Pain Specialist

Valdosta Orthopedic Associates

Spine & Sports Medicine & Orthopedics located in Valdosta, GA

Neck pain is a common complaint, especially in people who spend most of their day hunched over a computer, smartphone, or workbench. Though neck pain isn’t always a serious medical problem, it can be a source of ongoing pain that affects your quality of life. The Valdosta Orthopedic Associates team in Valdosta, Georgia, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neck pain. They offer both medical and surgical treatment options to help you get relief. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain symptoms may vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Muscle aches and spasms
  • Worsening pain when you move your head in certain directions
  • Headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Pain that radiates into your arms, back, or legs
  • Tingling or burning sensation
  • Weakness in your arms or legs

Most types of neck pain improve with at-home care. However, if your neck pain gets worse over time or becomes a chronic problem, the team at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates can help. 

What causes neck pain?

Your neck is the most flexible portion of your spine and supports the weight and movement of your head. The structure and function of your neck make it more vulnerable to injury and damage that results in neck pain.

Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strain from poor posture
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve compression
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy

Your neck pain may also be the result of a sports injury, auto accident, or work injury. 

What happens during a neck pain evaluation?

When you visit Valdosta Orthopedic Associates for a neck pain evaluation, you can expect a thorough clinical exam focused on finding the root cause of your pain.

Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they started, the incident that triggered the symptoms (if known), the type of symptoms, and the activities that make your symptoms worse or better. 

Your provider performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure, strength, and flexibility of your neck. To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, they run in-office diagnostic imaging, such as a digital X-ray or open MRI.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment for your neck pain depends on the underlying cause. The team at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers medical and surgical interventions to alleviate neck pain. 

Some of the available treatment options include:

  • Activity modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Posture therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Laminectomy 
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spine surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator

The team works closely with you to develop a treatment plan to provide long-term relief from your neck pain.

Don’t let your neck pain affect your life; call Valdosta Orthopedic Associates or book an appointment online today.