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Whether neck pain is caused by a degenerative or nerve disorder, an injury, stress, poor posture or overuse, WakeMed’s neurosurgeons and neurologists work in collaboration with other physicians, nurses, neuroradiologists and rehabilitation specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
Known as the cervical region of the spine, the neck can often be the source of persistent pain. Regardless of the cause, our goal is to help each patient get relief from long-standing neck pain and to restore function, so they can get back to enjoying life again.
In addition to the neck pain itself, other symptoms can include:
The neck is made up of seven bones, called the C1 through C7 vertebrae. These vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs that allow movement in the neck and provide padding between the bones.
The spinal cord — which is filled with nerves supported by muscles and ligaments — begins within the spinal column, which starts in the neck and runs down the back. Neck pain can be the result of problems with any of these areas.
Often, neck pain is simply the result of poor posture or overuse. But it can also be caused by conditions including:
Our doctors take a detailed history of symptoms, and conduct a thorough physical examination to check for tenderness, numbness and pain in the neck area.
We may also order imaging tests, including X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests help us visualize the internal structures in the neck, including nerves, spinal cord, bones and soft tissues.
Neck pain can sometimes resolve over time. When it doesn’t, neck pain can often be successfully controlled with conservative treatment, including:
For patients who don’t receive relief from these treatments, surgery can be an effective option to resolve pain and discomfort. Learn about common surgical treatments to treat neck pain.
We welcome new patients. If you’d like to meet with one of WakeMed’s neurological experts about your neck pain, please make an appointment by calling us at 919-350-7000.
WakeMed is proud to partner with many neurologists and neurosurgeons. In fact, they are the best in the business.
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Raleigh, NC 27610