Our neck doctors at Sports Medicine North are the North Shore's recognized experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients’ neck injuries and conditions.
Made up of a combination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and vertebrae, the neck, also referred to as the cervical spine, is an integral part of the musculoskeletal system as it supports our head and allows it to move. However, because of the weight of the head, there is an additional strain that is put on the neck and the different components, which can lead to irritation, inflammation, and even injury. Neck pain can be severe and occur from a traumatic injury, such as whiplash after a car accident. The pain can also develop over a long period of time due to wear and time from repetitive tasks or daily activities. This type of chronic neck pain is associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. The nerves are also susceptible to damage, which can result in a sharp or radiating pain that either goes into your upper back and head or down your shoulders and arms into your hands. All neck pain can hinder your ability to perform everyday activities, but there are doctors available to treat this pain and help you get back to your healthy, active lifestyle.
When It's Time to See a Neck Doctor Near You
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended that you contact a physician to discuss the available treatment options:
- Clumsiness with arm or hand movements
- Constant headaches
- Inability to turn head from side to side
- Muscle spasms
- Neck or back pain that is worse when you stand or move
- Pinched nerves
- Radiating pain from the shoulder down to the arm or hand
- Radiating pain in the upper back or head
- Sleep disruption due to pain
- Swelling or bruising
- Twisted or kinked neck
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the arm or hand
If you have any of these painful symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with a neck specialist for assessment and diagnosis. Our doctors at Sports Medicine North provide treatments for a variety of back, neck, and spine injuries and conditions.
Common injuries and conditions affecting the neck that can be assessed, diagnosed, and treated by our doctors and surgeons include:
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage damage
- Cervical kyphosis
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Compressed nerves
- Degenerative disc disease
- Fractured vertebrae
- Herniated discs
- Muscle sprains or strains
Most neck injuries and conditions can be effectively treated through conservative techniques such as physical therapy, aquatic therapy, medication, exercise, ultrasounds, and spinal injections. However, if conservative methods do not provide adequate relief and neck surgery is absolutely necessary to ensure a complete recovery, our neck surgeons are able to offer the latest advancements in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery that promotes an effective return to active living. Common neck procedures performed by our surgeons include cervical anterior discectomy and fusion; artificial disc replacement surgery; cervical laminectomy; cervical corpectomy; cervical microdiscectomy; and kyphoplasty.
Sports Medicine North’s orthopedic neck specialists and doctors are dedicated to providing both surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treating your acute and chronic neck conditions. Our specialists strive to offer the highest level of back, neck, and spine care that helps restore function, reduce discomfort, provide relief, and prevent further injury from occurring.
Why Choose Sports Medicine North?
There are many factors that should be considered when it comes to choosing the right doctor to treat your back, neck, or spine injury or condition, including their professional training and expertise.
At Sports Medicine North, our fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Richard M. Ozuna, M.D., and Jeremy M. Shore, M.D., and our fellowship-trained pain management specialists, Joseph J. Evans, D.O. and Clay D. Miller, M.D., have all completed additional training focusing their education on obtaining the advanced skills and knowledge to specifically treat the back, neck, and spine. With this advanced training, they all have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your back, neck, and spine injuries or conditions.
Additionally, our licensed physical therapists at Physical Therapy North are committed to providing integrated, state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy care and rehabilitation. They work closely with our specialists and take a team approach to develop a treatment plan that is specialized to your individual needs.
To consult with one of our Sports Medicine North neck doctors about your available treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (978) 818-6350. We also provide more information relating to fitness, training tips, and nutrition for athletes of all skill levels through our Athlete and Parent's Online Guide to Sports Medicine.