Neck pain can get in the way of work, exercise, and everyday activities. It can even be a source of constant headaches and loss of sleep, but it is more than just a nuisance. Pain in any region of your back or neck may be a symptom of a more serious problem such as a hernia, arthritis, or a disease that is affecting your spinal column. For some people, this pain is the immediate result of an injury such as a minor car accident or a sports injury. But for many people, neck pain gradually sets in over the course of many years, perhaps due to bad posture or poor diet and exercise habits. If you are experiencing neck issues, whatever the cause may be, it is time to get help from a neck pain specialist in Philadelphia.
Reasons You Should See a Neck Pain Specialist in Philadelphia
Rothman Institute treats a variety of spine disorders, many of which affect the cervical vertebrae, the bones which make up the neck. Patients of a variety of ages and lifestyles come to see our physicians for many different conditions, including:
- Cervical Spondylosis: A degenerative condition that affects the cervical (neck) vertebrae, typically onsetting with old age, causing the intervertebral discs to deteriorate. This can lead to the growth of bone spurs along the front of the spinal canal.
- Herniated Cervical Discs: Intervertebral discs act as cushions between the vertebrae. When they bulge or rupture, they can apply pressure to the spinal cord and/or spinal nerve roots.
- Kyphosis: Either as a result of bad posture over the course of a lifetime, or as a congenital condition, this “humpback” or “hunchback” condition can lead to various problems, especially chronic back and neck pain.
- Whiplash: After a sudden back-and-forth movement of the head, the soft tissues of the neck can be damaged. This often occurs in a rear-end car crash, and painful symptoms may not manifest for several days after the accident.
If you are experiencing severe neck pain, stiffness, or numbness along your cervical (upper) spine, contact Rothman Institute to talk to a neck pain specialist in Philadelphia.