Neck Pain Treatment in West Palm Beach, FL
Surgery is not always the best option for neck pain. The invasive nature of the condition may cause scar tissue and other problems that can lead to future complications. Board-certified neurosurgeon and founder of The Spine Center, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, is an internationally-recognized expert in non-surgical and minimally invasive neck pain treatments. His expertise helps men and women in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and countries around the world alleviate their symptoms without more invasive neck pain treatment.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Trauma and injury are the most common causes of neck pain, but your symptoms may also be related to a degenerative condition, overuse or muscle strain. Neck pain is categorized as chronic (long-term and persistent) or acute, and you may also have secondary symptoms, such as headaches, numbness, limited range of motion and shoulder pain .
Dr. Theofilos uses advanced diagnostic technologies to identify what is causing your symptoms and recommend a progressive approach to neck pain treatment.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your head and neck are forcefully thrust forwards and backwards, such as what occurs during a rear-end automobile accident. People who experience whiplash typically describe a pain that begins in the neck area and extends into the back as a throbbing sensation or into the arm as a sharp, shooting pain.
From a medical standpoint, whiplash causes the cervical spine to temporarily change shape, and this may cause damage to the facet joints, soft tissue and discs. Muscles in the front of the neck may also be affected if the head is suddenly forced backward, such as what happens when a car comes to a sudden stop after being rear-ended. The damage to soft tissue worsens when the head hits the headrest and jolts forward, and your body is suddenly stopped by the seatbelt.
What Causes Pinched Nerves in the Neck?
A pinched nerve, also known as “nerve compression,” occurs when pressure is placed on a nerve by inflammation or an anatomical structure, such as a muscle, disc or bone. A symptom review by Dr. Theofilos may identify the root cause of your neck pain, as each vertebra in the cervical spine tends to affect specific nerves.
What Causes a Stiff Neck?
Having a stiff neck typically means a person experiences tightness and discomfort when trying to move the head. The most common trigger for the symptoms is when the head is turned to the side. A stiff neck typically indicates problems with the soft tissues, but it may also involve the nerves.
How is Nerve Pain in the Neck Treated?
Rest and physical therapy help most cases of neck pain. Should these approaches not alleviate the symptoms, Dr. Theofilos may recommend injections to help with any inflammation. If surgery is required, Dr. Theofilos may recommend artificial disc (Mobi-C®), mobile and surgical disc replacement.
What Happens During a Consultation for Neck Pain Treatment?
Having neck pain that will not resolve with at-home care and changes to your activities may indicate medical intervention is required. Dr. Theofilos meets with you personally to assess your symptoms and review or order diagnostic testing. As a leading board-certified neurosurgeon, he values an approach that begins with conservative options first, before visiting the idea of surgery.
After the consultation, we discuss your treatment plan and the associated cost. Some of the cost may be covered by medical insurance. Out-of-pocket expenses may be prohibitive for some of our patients, so we offer financing through LendingUSA®.
Neck pain, whether caused by an automobile accident or other situation, interferes with your ability to perform routine tasks. Fortunately, surgery may not be your only option for neck pain treatment. Board-certified neurosurgeon and founder of The Spine Center, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, is world-renowned for his state-of-the-art treatments for neck pain. He works with patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and other locations around the world. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation or complimentary MRI review with Dr. Theofilos.