Dedicated to serving the orthopedic needs of Columbus, North Vernon, Seymour, Greensburg, and the surrounding areas since 1976, Southern Indiana Orthopedics offers exceptional neck pain treatment from our fellowship-trained neck doctor so you can get stronger.
When something annoys us, we say it's a "pain in the neck." But actual neck pain can be more than just an annoyance. Whether isolated or combined with back pain or spine pain, neck pain can be a symptom of a serious medical condition.
For patients with pain in the neck (the cervical spine) or back pain, many medical and surgical solutions can help. The first step is for patients to see a specialty-trained neck doctor who can provide a proper diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan. Neck doctors can even make recommendations about surgery. However, neck surgery is not always necessary, and a specialty-trained spine surgeon will be able to recommend and provide the treatment needed.
A slightly stiff neck or minor soreness can be normal. So, when is it the right time to seek help from a specialist for neck problems? You should definitely seek medical treatment from a doctor if:
- Your neck pain radiates through your arms and legs or lasts for longer than a couple of days.
- Other symptoms, like headaches, tingling, numbness, or stiffness, accompany your neck pain.
- Your neck pain keeps you from your responsibilities at school, work, or home.
Diagnoses for neck pain include:
- Cervical arthritis
- Cervical fracture (broken bone)
- Cervical herniated disc
- Damage to the neck muscles
- Damage to the nerve or to the spinal cord
- Damage to the nerve roots
- Disc disease
- Hereditary spine conditions
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal deformities
Advanced Spine Care in Columbus & Seymour
When you meet with our neck and spine surgeon, the first step is a full evaluation. Our surgeon will go over your medical history, perform a visual examination, and may feel your neck and spine. Our surgeon may also run tests, such as X-rays and MRI scans using our state-of-the-art facility's on-site imaging services. These are all important ways for your doctor to diagnose your neck injury, disease, or condition.
After proper diagnosis, our doctor will discuss potential treatment options. For minor needs, specialists can recommend some home remedies or other conservative measures. These include pain management, physical therapy, and specialized neck braces or cervical collars to provide meaningful neck and spine care. Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy and transforaminal epidural steroid injections may also be recommended. For major injuries or neck and spine conditions, your spine doctor may recommend neck or spine surgery.
Potential surgical options our spine surgeon may present will depend on your unique needs. Our surgeon offers the latest procedures and will provide your optimal spine treatment. Forms of spine and neck surgery our surgeon has expertise in include:
- Artificial disc replacement surgery
- Cervical discectomy surgery
- Fusion surgery and/or cervical fusion surgery
- Laminectomy surgery
- Minimally invasive neck surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
Neck and spinal conditions are nothing to take lightly. Without the proper care, these conditions can worsen. Take the right steps and see a spine doctor or neck specialist as needed. Also, following any surgical intervention, stay on top of the recommended follow-ups, medication use, and/or physical therapy appointments.
Consult with our neck doctor to take your first step toward healing with your comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. Call (812) 376-9353 or request an appointment online to see our neck pain specialist in Columbus or Seymour.
We also offer treatment for urgent back, neck, spine, and sports-related injuries at our urgent care clinic in Columbus, where walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary.
The Strength of Experience at Southern Indiana Orthopedics
At Southern Indiana Orthopedics, we have the expertise and technology to provide exceptional orthopedic care dedicated to making you stronger. All of our specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons, including our neck and spine specialist, have extensive, specialized knowledge, training, and experience to provide the treatment you need to reach your goals. Our neck surgeon, Dr. John Chambers, is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained in spine surgery. He is dedicated to serving patients' individual needs with compassion and exceptional care.
If you have sustained a neck injury or have an ongoing neck condition involving neck pain or back pain, consider making an appointment with our spinal care doctor. Return to life with less pain and better function by calling (812) 376-9353 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online and be seen at our main location in Columbus or at our Seymour outreach clinic.