Neck Pain

Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

Neck pain from an injury, trauma, repetitive movements, or long-term wear-and-tear can make your daily life uncomfortable or even miserable. For neck pain and associated arm or hand pain, numbness, and tingling, see the orthopaedic specialists at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida. The team offers comprehensive and effective care for all causes of neck pain so you can recover and get back to normal. To schedule an appointment, call today.

Neck Pain

Why is my neck hurting?

Neck pain can have a wide range of causes related to the bones, joints, soft tissues, and nerves in your neck. Most cases of neck pain resolve on their own within a few weeks; however, other causes can create more intense discomfort or worrisome symptoms. 

Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Cervical facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical disc herniations
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Tension headaches

 

Neck pain can become worse with repetitive movements, trauma, poor sleeping positions, or postural issues. 

When should I worry about my neck pain?

Many cases of neck pain are related to tight muscles and stiff joints that improve within 4-6 weeks. If your neck pain or discomfort lasts longer than six weeks or is getting progressively worse, visit Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center for a full exam.

Symptoms that indicate more complex problems that require care sooner include:

  • Loss of sensation in your arms or hands
  • Sharp, shooting pain into your arms or down your spine
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • Severe stiffness or loss of range of motion
  • Dizziness

 

If you’ve experienced significant trauma, like a fall or car accident, see the team for an exam right away.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of your neck pain, the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center team begins with a consultation and physical exam. 

Your doctor asks about your symptoms, when they occur, and any activities or therapies that make your pain better or worse. Your doctor also touches your neck in different areas to assess your range of motion, muscle tension, and level of tenderness.

In some cases, you require X-rays or an MRI to confirm your diagnosis. The practice has on-site imaging so you can have your imaging completed as quickly as possible in order to begin appropriate treatment.

How do orthopaedic surgeons treat neck pain?

The Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center aims to provide all patients with the highest quality of care and most effective conservative and surgical treatments possible. For mild to moderate cases of neck pain, conservative treatments include:

  • Medications, like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy exercises and stretches
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Wearing a soft collar

 

If you need additional treatments beyond conservative measures, the team offers surgeries for disc herniations, spinal fusions, and conditions that affect nerve function in your neck, arms, and hands. 

Examples of available surgical options include artificial disc replacements, microdiscectomies, and cervical fusion.

Find out how the team can help with your neck pain by calling Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center now.