Neck Pain Specialist

Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Whether it’s from poor posture while you work at your computer or an underlying health issue such as arthritis, neck pain is a common complaint in adults. Jose E. Rodriguez-Cordova, MD, FACS, and the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders in Houston specialize in conditions that affect your spine and can identify the source of your neck pain and provide treatment to relieve your discomfort. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today if you’re suffering from neck pain.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Due to its flexibility and need to support the weight of your head, your neck is very susceptible to injury. Common causes of neck pain include:

Muscle strain

Sitting hunched over at your desk or reading in bed can strain the muscles in your neck and lead to pain. Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth can also cause neck muscle strain and neck pain.

Arthritis

Like the joints in your knees and hips, the joints that make up your neck are susceptible to wear and tear, which can lead to inflammation and arthritis.

Herniated disc

A herniated disc, also referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc, occurs when one of the soft discs that separate the vertebrae in your spine bulges out and compresses a nerve, leading to pain.

Injury

Injuries that cause a quick back and forth motion of the head, such as a rear-end car accident, resulting in whiplash, which strains the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your neck.

An infection, such as meningitis or cancer, can also cause neck pain.

When should I see a doctor for neck pain?

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders recommends an evaluation for your neck pain if it lasts longer than five days. You should also schedule an appointment with the spine specialists if your neck pain results from an injury or car accident. You would also benefit from an evaluation if the pain is traveling down to your shoulders and arms or you’re experiencing muscle weakness or numbness.

How is neck pain treated?

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders develop a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms, cause of your neck pain, and medical history. Your treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Pain medication
  • Exercise program

If your pain doesn’t improve after a few weeks of conservative treatment, then your specialist at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders conducts a more extensive workup to identify the source of your pain and provide more targeted treatment.

Surgery is usually the last resort when it comes to managing neck pain, but the surgical experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders use advanced minimally invasive techniques when possible to keep your risk low.

For management and relief if you’re suffering from neck pain, call the spine experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders or schedule an appointment online today.