Neck Pain Treatment in Dallas, TX
While neck pain (in the cervical spine) is less common than lower back pain (in the lumbar spine), millions of people experience neck pain and/or related arm pain at some point in their life. As the use of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers have risen, we have definitely noticed a correlation with an increase in patients presenting with neck pain
Texas Spine Associates is a leader in the field of spine surgery, pioneering treatments that lead to better outcomes for our patients. We offer cutting-edge treatments and the latest technology to ensure that you receive the best possible results.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
- Neck pain that radiates down the arm
- Neck pain that is related to certain positions or activities
- Arm pain with lack of coordination
- Neck pain that persists for more than a few months and may fluctuate
- Neck pain that is worse in the morning and at the end of the day
Diagnosing the exact cause of neck pain can be difficult due to the complex nature of the spine itself. Dr. Neil Shah and Dr. Vishal Patel are experts at finding the root cause of pain and prescribing treatments targeting that pain. Our first step is to talk with each patient, gather a complete medical history, and conduct a physical exam of the spine. Many times, additional diagnostic tests including X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and bone scans are used to diagnose spine conditions.
Dr. Shah, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Happ offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating neck pain. We’ve built close relationships with teams of neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and radiologists who work together to create individualized treatment plans that account for a patient’s back condition and lifestyle. The vast majority of episodes of neck pain will get better with time and can be addressed with non-surgical treatments. However, there are a few symptoms that are possible indications of a serious medical condition, and patients with these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
- Progressive neurological deficit (weakness in the arms/legs or loss of feeling and coordination in the arms or legs) could indicate nerve damage.
- If sustained or increasing pain is accompanied by lack of appetite, unplanned weight loss, nausea, and vomiting, or fever/chills/shakes, there could be a spinal tumor or infection
- Loss of urinary or bowel control could indicate severe compression of the spinal cord or nerves that control those functions