Your spine starts at a bone called the atlas vertebra, the very top spinal bone. This vertebra is the first of seven that make up your cervical spine, or neck. Each vertebra is cushioned by spinal discs to allow flexibility and to absorb impacts from movement. These vertebra surround and protect the top section of your spinal cord and cervical nerves.
Altogether, including your neck muscles, the whole cervical structure supports your skull and allows you to move your head in multiple directions. When something in your neck gets too stressed or damaged, you can have pain or other problems that disrupt your daily life, from being unable to quickly look both ways to cross the street to not being able to move your head at all without severe pain.
How Are You Feeling?
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, our surgeons and nonoperative doctors are all specialty-trained with years of experience dedicated to treating your neck problems at the source. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, our experts are here to offer the best care plan focused on you:
- Arm or hand weakness
- Difficulty with arm coordination or walking
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
- Pain in your neck and/or shoulder
- Shooting arm pain radiating from the neck or shoulder
- Sore or stiff neck
Finding the Problem
Our entire team of advanced specialists provides top-tier care for a range of problems that affect the cervical spine and neck structure, from muscular pain to nerve-related injuries and conditions.
When you visit us, your provider team will listen to your experiences and thoroughly examine affected areas, which may include advanced imaging and other diagnostics. With this information, your doctor will be able to diagnose your problem and help find the source of your pain or limitation. The most common diagnoses our doctors specialize in include:
- Cervical radiculopathy and other nerve compressions
- Cervical spinal stenosis, cervical myelopathy, and other spinal cord issues
- Cervical spondylosis and cervical degenerative disc disease
- Compression fractures
- Herniated cervical discs, or slipped discs, and bulging discs
Finding the Solution
Once your diagnosis is carefully determined, your doctor will work closely with you and your care team to offer the evidence-based treatment options best-suited to alleviate your symptoms and keep you doing what you love. That is all we do every day at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center.
Always beginning with conservative measures, such as medications, targeted exercises, and physical therapy, your doctor will find the right way to help you. Should interventional or surgical measures be needed, our doctors will use the least invasive methods possible, including utilizing image-guided and/or minimally invasive techniques and technologies. Whatever your needs, our specialists have the advanced expertise to perform the procedure that will restore function and give you relief.