Institute of Spinal Disorders
Orthopedic Spine Surgery & General Orthopedic Surgery located in Hurst, TX & Fort Worth, TX
Most neck pain develops from muscle strain related to poor posture. However, neck pain may also occur from an acute injury or chronic condition that affects the structures that make up your cervical spine. Robert Myles, MD, FAAOS, a board-certified spine surgeon at the Institute of Spinal Disorders, offers many innovative treatments for neck pain, from laser therapy to surgery. To get help for your neck pain, call the office in Hurst or Fort Worth, Texas, or schedule a consultation online today.
Neck Pain Q & A
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain is common and may occur from poor posture, an accident, degenerative changes to the spine, or an underlying medical condition.
Common causes of neck pain include:
- Strains and sprains
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Whiplash injury
Though neck pain is rarely the sign of a serious health condition, if your neck pain occurs after an accident, is severe, or is an ongoing problem, schedule a consultation at the Institute of Spinal Disorders.
What can I expect during a neck pain evaluation?
You can expect a patient-centered exam when you visit the Institute of Spinal Disorders with concerns about neck pain. Dr. Myles conducts a thorough history and physical, so he can find the underlying cause of your pain and create the most effective treatment plan.
Dr. Myles asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type of pain you feel, when it started, and the activities that make it worse or better. He reviews your medical history and examines your spine.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, Dr. Myles may perform X-rays or MRIs.
If you already have an MRI of your neck, the Institute of Spinal Disorders offers a free MRI review for a second opinion on treatment options.
How is neck pain treated?
Dr. Myles creates a personalized treatment plan for your neck pain based on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Initially, he takes a non-surgical approach to care, and your treatment plan may include:
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- On-site physical therapy
- At-home exercise program
- Chiropractic care
- Epidural steroid injection
- Trigger point injections
- Facet joint injection
- Medial branch block
- Traumeel injection, ointment, or tablet (a homeopathic medication)
- Stem cell therapy
- MLS Laser Therapy
The Institute of Spinal Disorders provides many innovative treatments for neck pain and works one-on-one with you to develop a plan that provides long-lasting pain relief.
When do I need surgery for neck pain?
Dr. Myles may recommend surgery to treat your neck pain if non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief or you develop more serious symptoms. The type of surgery he performs depends on your diagnosis.
Neck pain surgical treatments include:
During a spinal fusion, Dr. Myles fuses two or more vertebral bones in your cervical spine. The procedure stabilizes the spine and minimizes painful movements.
Dr. Myles offers artificial disc replacement for neck pain using the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. This artificial disc replaces your diseased or damaged disc and helps maintain normal motion, and may potentially prevent future neck problems.
For neck pain from spinal stenosis, Dr. Myles may perform a laminectomy, removing a portion of the lamina — the back part of your vertebrae that covers the spinal canal — to increase space and ease symptoms.
When performing spine surgery, Dr. Myles uses minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. That includes percutaneous techniques in which he performs your neck surgery through a needle or small incisions.
Call the Institute of Spinal Disorders or book an appointment online today.