Pain in your cervical spine or neck is the fourth-leading cause of disability in the United States. If you have acute or chronic neck pain that’s interfering with your ability to accomplish daily tasks or enjoy your life, Drew Brown IV, MD, an expert orthopedic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, can help. Using supportive therapies and minimally invasive surgery when necessary, Dr. Brown and his team diagnose the source of your neck pain and alleviate your symptoms. If you live in the Tampa area and need relief from your neck pain, call the office or request an appointment online.
The cervical spine, which runs through your neck, is the thinnest portion of your spine, and yet it must support the entire weight of your 9-12 pound head. When you lean your head forward to text or read, the stress on your neck increases proportionally with the angle — at 45 degrees, you’re holding 50 pounds of weight. Common causes of neck pain include:
Neck pain that lasts longer than several weeks is considered chronic and may need medical treatment.
Poor posture, including bending your neck downward to text, increases your risk for neck pain. Even being stressed or anxious causes neck pain, because those uncomfortable emotions cause you to tense the muscles in your neck and shoulders. Simply getting older also increases your risk of experiencing neck pain because your discs, cartilage, and other soft tissues degrade over time.
Smoking and drinking alcohol dry out your discs and other supportive tissues in your spine. Being overweight or obese puts added pressure on your entire spine.
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle or another accident and have neck pain, you should get medical treatment right away. Also call Dr. Brown if your neck pain:
After diagnosing the source of your neck pain through physical examination and imaging studies, Dr. Brown custom-designs your treatment plan, which may include:
Get relief from neck pain by contacting Dr. Brown and his expert team today. Request your appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool.