At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained neck doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with neck injuries and conditions.
When a patient injures his or her neck and is experiencing pain, a neck surgeon can offer expert treatment as well as guidance. This doctor is a medical specialist who is experienced in treating a wide range of issues, injuries, and conditions that cause neck pain.
Neck specialists see patients who have pain due to compressed nerves in their neck, those with chronic neck pain due to arthritis, and individuals who have sustained an impact injury, such as whiplash, or a cervical fracture that require emergency neck surgery or other urgent care.
Additionally, when neck pain occurs, the spine and head can be impacted. For instance, when someone has neck pain, not only can it be difficult or impossible to turn the head, sometimes it can cause headaches and other types of head or sinus pain. In the spine, damage of the discs, vertebrae, and nerves in the neck can cause lower spine pain and vice versa. If a doctor discovers a spinal disorder or any disc, joint, or other spinal damage, specialized spine care or surgery may be needed.
When Should I See a Specialist to Discuss Neck Surgery and Other Treatment Options?
Pay attention to your symptoms so when you meet with your neck surgeon or pain physicians, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your neck pain, which allows them to determine the appropriate treatment plan. This may include neck surgery, physical therapy, or epidural steroid injections for neck pain. People with neck problems sometimes report symptoms such as:
- Electric sensations that radiate down into the spine
- Grinding, bone-on-bone sensation
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or feeling that the hands are asleep
- Pain in the arm or arms
- Pain that radiates into the shoulder
- Poor posture
- Therapy from pain specialist or physical therapist is no longer bringing relief
- Unable to straighten your head because your neck is kinked
- Unable to turn your head
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following neck injuries or conditions:
- Cervical kyphosis
- Cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
- Cervical stenosis
- Disc disease
- Facet joint pain
- Herniated disc
- Muscle strain
- Neck cancer/tumor
- Nerve root pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spine conditions, such as spinal stenosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, or spondylitis
What to Expect With Our Neck Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our neck doctors will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical treatment before suggesting surgery, such as anti-inflammatory medications, pain management, physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, and in-office orthobiologics.
When neck surgery or spine surgery is necessary, our neck surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and employ advanced techniques and procedures, such as discectomy, disc replacement, cervical laminoplasty, or minimally invasive kyphoplasty. Additionally, as part of our Spine Center, our providers work together to offer you comprehensive care and the latest treatments to help you live with reduced pain and restored function.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts, including our neck doctors, spinal experts, and pain management team, with every tool and resource they may need so they can offer the highest-quality patient care, utilizing both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic surgeons and medical experts.
Our neck specialists are experts whose medical practices focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including those who need comprehensive neck care. Dr. Henry Aryan, Dr. Gopi Kasturi, Dr. Lance Larsen, Dr. Mark Sison, Dr. Jerry Smith, Dr. Connor Telles, Dr. Timothy Watson, and Dr. Jeryl Wiens are trained in the anatomy and function of the spine as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect it. They offer a variety of treatment solutions, from pain injections to complex neck surgery, to help reduce or eliminate your neck pain.
If you have a neck injury or neck pain that is concerning you, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized neck care you deserve.