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When To See A Spine Specialist For Neck Pain

Woman with neck pain

We all have had occasions where we slept weird and then woke up with pains in our neck. Maybe we just overdid it during our last workout, and we were left with an ache in our neck. Most of the time these little bouts of neck pain resolve and go away within a day or two. When your neck continues to bother you after medications and rest, now might be when to see a spine specialist for neck pain.

You’ve Been To See Your Primary Care Provider

Although your primary doctor has run tests, given you a muscle relaxer, and suggested exercises to relieve your neck pain, it hasn’t helped. You continue to suffer with your neck pain.

If this is the case, ask your doctor for a referral to a spine specialist.

The Pain Is Keeping You Up At Night

This kind of pain needs a specialist, and you shouldn’t wait too long to find one.

Most pain will subside with rest, and if it doesn’t see a spine specialist.

You Experienced A Recent Fall

If you are having neck pain after a fall, you might head to your primary care provider, but best practice is not to wait. Find a spine specialist. They have extensive experience dealing with falls and accidents.

If you have osteoporosis and recently had a fall, seek out a spine specialist as soon as possible.

Whiplash

If you experienced whiplash in an automobile accident, it can stretch ligaments and cause spine problems. If the pain becomes chronic or gets worse, see a spine specialist.

Your Neck Pain Has Become Chronic

You have tried everything like ice and heat, massage, gentle stretching exercises, and you are careful to practice good posture, but the pain persists. If you sit at a desk all day, these chronic neck pains can interfere with your productivity and wear you down. It’s time to see a spine specialist.

You Are Ready To Seek The Care You Need

A spine specialist will be able to give you multiple treatment options to relieve that daunting neck pain. A spine specialist will evaluate your condition and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan, plus suggest non-surgical techniques and procedures as well as surgical.

You will have all the information you need to decide what treatment is right for YOU.

Call (334) 613-9000 to make an appointment with us if you are experiencing chronic neck pain.