Sometimes neck pain can be short-term—for instance, if you sleep in an awkward position and wake up with a stiff neck or you turn your head too fast when you hear a loud noise. This neck pain can almost always be treated at home. However, there are other problems that cause neck pain that is longer lasting and can get worse, such as osteoarthritis or issues with the discs in your neck. If you are in a car accident and experience whiplash, you will experience neck pain that is severe. Additionally, the nerve pathways within your neck can become damaged or irritated, causing pain that can radiate into your shoulder, head, arm, or hand.
When to Visit a Neck Doctor Near You
You should contact a neck doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty turning your head because of neck pain
- Headache that involves the neck
- Neck cracking or grinding
- Muscle spasms in neck
- Tingling or numbness that radiates from the neck down the arm
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a neck specialist. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our neck experts offer treatments for problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our doctors and surgeons can diagnose and treat include:
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage damage
- Cervical herniated disc
- Compressed nerves
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck strain or sprain
- Spinal stenosis
If your injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Spine Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our neck specialists have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries, conditions, or surgery relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the back, neck, and spine. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our experts are fellowship-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat your injury or condition individually to meet your needs. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our neck doctors, Dr. Zachary Abbott, Dr. Clyde T. Carpenter, Dr. Ryan J. Halpin, Dr. Andrew Manista, Dr. Douglas W. Taylor, and Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto, are fellowship-trained and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your neck injury or condition individually to your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Spine Center, we offer consultations with a Spine Center doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages, including high school students, collegians, weekend warriors, and professional athletes.
Neck Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your neck.
- Avoid Hunching Over: Be aware of how your neck is positioned when doing common daily activities, such as reading a book or looking at a computer screen. If you find you are “hunching over” or holding your neck in an awkward position, reposition yourself so there is less strain on your neck.
- Don’t Reach for the Steering Wheel: When you’re driving, your arms should not be straight or stretched. Instead, adjust your seat so your arms are slightly flexed and relaxed. Not only will you avoid fatigue, you’ll also reduce your risk of developing pain.
- Release Neck Tension: It’s common to tense your neck muscles when you’re stressed without even knowing it. Later, when you’re experiencing pain, you may realize what’s happened. To avoid future pain, make sure you relax and gently stretch your neck muscles frequently throughout the day.