Neck Pain

Most people get a twinge in their neck now and then, especially after a long day at work; but if you have trouble moving your head or the pain isn't getting better, you need to contact Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC in St. Clair Shores or Shelby Township, Michigan. Their team of orthopedic specialists has extensive experience of diagnosing and treating the causes of neck pain, helping you to recover quickly and minimize your discomfort. If your neck pain is more than a twinge, call the practice today to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain can start after an injury, or may develop over time because of constant wear or degeneration of the tissues. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Bone spurs (osteophytes)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Herniated or bulging cervical discs
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Muscle tension due to stress
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
Neck pain is usually related to damage affecting the musculoskeletal system, which consists of the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and connective tissues that make up your neck. However, neck pain can be a sign of a different type of condition like cancer or meningitis, so it's always best to get a prompt diagnosis, especially if you have other symptoms.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

If your neck pain is due to a musculoskeletal problem, your doctor at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC needs to find out the exact cause. They start by reviewing your medical history and discussing your current symptoms, then carry out a physical exam to see how well you can move your neck and where it hurts. If they need to see the bones and soft tissues in your neck in detail, you might need to undergo diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan. The images of the internal structures of your neck can confirm the diagnosis, and give your doctor a better idea of the extent of any damage.

What treatments are available for neck pain?

If your neck pain is mild and you aren't having any trouble moving your neck, rest and over-the-counter painkillers might be all you need. However, you shouldn't self-medicate unless you're sure you know what's wrong, in case you have a more serious illness or injury. Initial treatments for neck pain are typically conservative and minimally invasive, for example:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Regenerative medicine
For some patients, these approaches don't resolve their neck pain even after several months of treatment. If conservative options aren't helping, your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC doctor can talk to you about the possibility of surgery for your neck pain. Possible surgical procedures for treating neck pain include:
  • Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF)
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy
  • Anterior cervical corpectomy with fusion
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
The particular surgery chosen depends on the reason you're in pain, how extensive the damage is, and your general health. Pain in the neck is never a good thing, and it can become a chronic problem if left untreated. For effective relief from neck pain, call Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC today, or book an appointment online.