Neck Pain

Orthopaedic Specialists

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in the greater Nashville, Tennessee Area

Arthritis, poor posture, and more can cause chronic neck pain. Neck pain can cause stiffness and headaches. If neck pain is interfering with your daily life, it’s time to learn about your treatment options. With offices in Nashville, Dickson, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, Centerville and Gallatin, Tennessee, Brandon Downs, MD, and his team at Orthopaedic Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating neck pain, offering the latest in pain management therapies. Call the location nearest you for an appointment or book online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why does my neck hurt?

Your neck contains muscles that move your head and the vertebrae at the top of your spine, which connect your spine to your brain. Common causes of neck pain are muscle strains, injury, and joint problems. 

Strains can develop when you hold your head and neck in a certain position for too long. Poor posture while working at the computer, hunching over your smartphone, or even sleeping in an unnatural position can cause neck stiffness and pain.

Injuries, like whiplash, cause sharp movements that lead to muscle strain or herniated spinal discs that lead to pinched nerves. Joint conditions, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness in joints -- including the neck. 

When should I visit the doctor for neck pain?

Neck pain encompasses pain in the neck, lower head, or upper shoulder. Common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Decreased range of motion in your head
  • Headache
  • Pain when keeping your head still for long periods of time
  • Muscle tightness 
  • Muscle spasm

While many instances of neck pain go away on their own within a few days, ongoing neck pain could be a sign of a serious health condition. If your pain lasts longer than a week or it is accompanied by other symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Downs to have your neck examined. 

Symptoms that may indicate your neck pain is a sign of something more serious include pain radiating down your arms or legs or feelings of tingling or weakness.

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Downs and the experts at Orthopaedic Specialists have the best technology to diagnose and treat neck pain. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests can evaluate the health of bones and soft tissue in your neck.

Medications, such as muscle relaxants and pain relievers, can help relieve acute neck pain. Physical therapy can help you improve your posture and strengthen your neck to treat chronic neck pain. In some cases, steroid injections or surgery can treat more severe neck pain. 

You can implement lifestyle changes to prevent neck pain in the future. Take breaks if you’re sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time, and make sure you maintain proper posture when sitting at work, in the car, and at the table. 

Orthopaedic Specialists offer the latest in pain management to help you find lasting relief from neck pain. Call or book online today for your first appointment.