Neck & Shoulder Treatments
Treatments for Neck & Shoulder Pain in Kansas City
Whether it results from bad posture, an overuse injury, degeneration from aging, or trauma, neck pain can be rough. For some, pain may only last for a few hours, but for others it may linger for days. Chronic neck pain may continue for weeks, or even years.
Your spinal column is composed of vertebrae, vertebral discs, and the spinal cord. The 7 vertebrae in the cervical spine are stacked on top of one another at the top of the spinal column. These structures serve to give the body support and mobility while protecting the spinal cord and nerve roots, which run from the spinal cord to the shoulders and arms.
Vertebral discs separate the vertebrae in your spine, acting as shock absorbers for the spinal column by providing a cushion between the vertebrae. These discs are made of tough, elastic material that allows the spine to bend and twist naturally.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Most neck pain is caused by issues with the muscles in the neck. This is often more mild pain, caused by muscle tension, cramps, or sprains.
Poor posture can cause neck pain by forcing the spine into an incorrect position, so weight is distributed incorrectly. This can put pressure on the cervical section of the spine, or the neck. Wear-and-tear from aging or overuse through conditions like arthritis can also cause neck pain. This can cause degeneration that leads to nerve compression. Traumatic injury can also causes neck pain. This can be through a sudden impact or blow, or from an accident like a car wreck, and can cause conditions like a herniated disc.
Treating Neck Pain
Options for treating neck pain depend on the pain’s cause, so treatment varies.
Some conservative methods may include bracing, physical therapy exercises, medication to reduce inflammation, and steroid injections. If conservative methods are not effective, or if the condition is very severe, surgery may be necessary.
Get treated by the compassionate professionals at Midwest Neurosurgery Associates
Our physicians treat the root cause of neck pain to return you to your previous state of good health.
What our Patients are Saying
Very intelligent, knowledgeable, understanding doctors! Really have patient’s interest in mind, and listening to patients. Very helpful!
Office visit for the issues I have. I was very impressed. They explained everything so that I fully understood my problems. Seemed truly interested in me.
I needed a spinal fusion and was scared to death. My life was painful and it hurt to walk. He convinced me this was the best course of care. Well, I’m 6 months post surgery and my life style is back to normal! I am back to hiking and biking again. I wouldn’t go to anyone else and have referred him to friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
What insurances do you accept?
We participate in all major insurance plans.
Do I need to have a doctor's referral?
It is better to see your primary care physician at the outset of your journey. He or she can order appropriate tests, which can help determine whether or not you need to see a neurosurgeon. We can accept patients without a referral in some instances.
Where do you perform surgery?
We perform surgeries in state of the art operating rooms at Research Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
How long does it take to get a surgery scheduled?
After your initial appointment with your neurosurgeon, if he or she needs additional tests, we will schedule you for those. If you arrive with all the studies needed to diagnose the problem, your surgery can be scheduled, usually within two to four weeks.
Do most people who visit a neurosurgeon ultimately require surgery?
No, only a portion of our patients go on to surgery. After a diagnosis is established, the physician will outline various treatment options. You and your physician will arrive at the best solution for your particular problem, which may require surgery, but may also respond to epidural steroid injections, physical therapy, or a “wait and watch” approach.