Should I Be Worried About Neck Pain?


Neck or cervical pain is a daily challenge for 1 in 5 Americans. Neck pain can be caused by chronic issues such as poor posture or an acute neck injury (caused during an accident).

Many patients ask, "should I worry about neck pain?" Due to the complexity of the neck and the spinal cord, a neck injury should be taken seriously. Vail-Summit Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery has a team of expert cervical spine and neck doctors to provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. Our neck specialists include:

Common Neck Pain Symptoms

Depending on the type of neck injury, home care is often the first step when treating neck pain. Most cervical pain improves with conservative care such as rest, hot/cold therapy, pain and anti-inflammatory medication, and improved posture habits.

However, our team of neck specialists recommends seeking professional treatment if specific systems persist, such as:

  • Decreased mobility of the neck

  • Muscle spasms/tightness

  • Worsening pain

  • Persistent headache

Additionally, patients experiencing the following symptoms should schedule an appointment with a neck doctor immediately:

  • Unmanageable pain

  • Pain down arms and legs

  • Tingling, weakness, numbness

  • Restrictive stiffness

VSON’s experienced team of neck doctors utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to identify and treat neck injuries.


Neck Injury Conditions

The most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Cervical radiculopathy - pinched nerve in the neck

  • Cervical spinal stenosis - degeneration of joint

  • Cervical herniated disc - displacement of a disc

  • Cervical myelopathy - compression of the spinal cord

The team of neck doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery is highly-experienced in treating all neck conditions.

Treatments for Neck Pain

Together, the patient and physician will determine the best treatment plan. When indicated, neck surgery may be the optimal treatment plan to eliminate pain. Most frequent surgical treatments include:

  • Anterior Cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) - Relieves pressure to the nerve by removing the disc or bone spur matter causing the pinched nerve in the neck. The spinal fusion portion of the procedure provides stability to the neck.

  • Anterior vertical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) - Like the ACDF, ACCF treats spinal cord compression. The fusion portion of the procedure is more complex. As such, the ACCF procedure requires a longer recovery period.

  • Artificial disc replacement (ADR) - Pain from a pinched nerve in the neck can be treated by removing the damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial implant. ADR has the benefit of maintaining range of motion and flexibility to the neck.


Neck Doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery


If you have questions about neck pain or need a treatment plan for your neck injury, contact the Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery team of neck doctors today. Our team provides world-class care and is committed to keeping you active.

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