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Our neck doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of neck injuries and conditions.

The neck is a complex combination of interwoven vertebrae, bones, ligaments, and muscles that support the head—and any one of these can become damaged or injured. While neck pain can start from a one-time injury or trauma, such as whiplash, often neck pain develops over time, either due to wear and tear or an ongoing strain of daily activities or repetitive tasks.

Know When It’s Time to See a Neck Doctor

If you think your pain may be due to a neck or spinal injury or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact a neck doctor near you:

  • Bruising or swelling
  • Feeling clumsy in hand or arm movements
  • Kink in the neck
  • Pain on one side of the neck only
  • Pain that causes a headache
  • Pain that causes numbness in arm or hand
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulders, upper back, or arms
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sensitive arms and legs
  • Twisted neck

Patients should also seek medical treatment from a neck doctor if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection.

Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries that affect the neck and can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Cervical kyphosis
  • Cervical nerve compression
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Fractures
  • Injury due to cradling a telephone between the ear and shoulder
  • Injury from holding head in awkward or forward position, such as when reading
  • Other cervical spine conditions
  • Sprain or strains
  • Spondylosis
  • Unreleased stress and tension in neck
  • Whiplash

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we know your neck pain can affect nearly everything you do. Our neck, back, and spine doctor and surgeon have extensive training and insights that allow them to properly diagnosis you, so you can get the treatment and care that is right for you.

To consult with an orthopaedic doctor who specializes in neck pain or surgery at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the neck, our esteemed neck specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating neck injuries and conditions. Our physiatrist and neurosurgeon take a team approach in treating a full array of injuries and disorders.

Our neck specialists, Dr. Ernest Braxton and Dr. Scott Raub, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your neck injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics neck pain specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the neck conditions we treat through our patient education resources. 

Tips for a Healthy Neck

Don't let neck pain keep you from the lifestyle you love. The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect your neck from injury and pain.

Wear Proper Footwear
When you wear the right shoes, it provides a supportive base that helps your entire body stay aligned. That means take the time to find shoes that properly fit and support your feet, and always avoid high heels. High heels force the foot into an unnatural angle and pull muscles and joints out of alignment. This not only causes foot pain but also impacts your entire body and wearing them—even for a short period of time—often leads to back and neck pain.

Maintain Good Posture
While we often think about the back when it comes to posture, good posture has a positive effect on your entire musculoskeletal system, including your neck. Practice good posture and adjust your living and work spaces in ways that will support good posture. One specific tip—if you use a computer, be sure to keep the monitor at eye level to avoid straining your neck.

Use a Proper Pillow
Whenever resting or sleeping, be sure to use a pillow that keeps your head in a neutral alignment. This means the pillow helps keep your head positioned squarely on your shoulders so it does not bend back too far or reach too far forward. Experiment with different pillow thicknesses and sizes to find out what is best for you.