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Pain in the neck is most commonly the result of four main causes: trauma, poor posture, muscle strain, or a degenerative disc disease. In the event of a traumatic incident, whiplash, the distortion or jerking of the neck by sudden force, can occur.
If you are experiencing a cramping or tightening of the lower neck muscles, your neck pain may be emanating from poor posture or a muscle strain.
Though not all sources of neck pain involve injuries, the severity of pain can gradually escalate with long-term diseases and conditions such as osteoarthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, a disease involving inflammation of the spinal joints.
When Should You See a Neck Doctor?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of neck pain, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible before your injury or condition worsens.
- Persistent headaches
- Disruption of sleep due to pain
- Stiffness of the neck and shoulders, especially in the morning
- Sensory disturbance/sensitivity of the arms and legs
- Joint pain or swelling in the neck and shoulders
- Weakness, numbness, and dizziness
When left untreated, a neck condition or injury can cause further damage, and you could be left dealing with chronic pain. In some cases, pain in the neck can be a sign of a serious medical condition, and specialized treatment should be sought to ensure that a proper diagnosis is made.
To consult with our neck doctor, please request an appointment online, or call (812) 376-9353.
Why Choose a Neck Doctor at Southern Indiana Orthopedics?
At Southern Indiana Orthopedics, our specialty-trained neck doctor is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of neck injuries and conditions. Our surgeon, Dr. Chambers, has the training, expertise, and experience to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition for your individual needs.
To consult with our neck surgeon, please request an appointment online, or call (812) 376-9353.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with our specialty-trained neck doctor, please use the links provided to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and suggestions to prepare for your appointment.