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
Learn more about the cervical spine procedures performed by the neck experts of Nebraska Spine + Pain Center through our surgical patient videos.
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.
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, we are prepared to identify and treat the source of your neck pain or spinal discomfort with confidence.
Our medical evaluations begin with an open discussion about your symptoms and pain levels, followed by a look at the anatomy of your muscular and skeletal systems using detailed imaging.
Our treatment plans are based around the demands of your lifestyle. We make it a priority to educate our patients about the options available to them—whether those include surgical or nonsurgical methods.
Caring for Your Pain: Cervical Spine
When you’re in pain, you deserve options that work for you. Your neck-related pain has a solution, and our pain doctors are here to be part of your comprehensive care team at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center.
Whether you need advanced diagnostics or a thorough care plan with nonsurgical treatments and recovery techniques, our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists have you covered.
MEET YOUR NECK CARE TEAM
Our team of physicians and specialized clinical staff offers a full spectrum of conservative to complex neck and pain treatments. Working together with you as part of your care provider team, your doctor will help you consider all your options and partner with you to develop the comprehensive treatment plan you need. At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, we are driven to help you get back to living.
To get started on getting better, meet with your neck care team in Omaha, Columbus, Fremont, Grand Island, Lexington, or Norfolk. Call us today at (402) 496-0404 to schedule an appointment or use the button below.
OUR Cervical Spine (Neck) Experts
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About the Practice
Not every doctor has completed a fellowship or earned certification through a medical specialty board, but these additional credentials speak to skill and experience.
A fellowship is exclusive, additional specialty training beyond the requirements for specialization. Completion shows that the doctor has gained additional knowledge and skill in their field.
Board certification is acquired only after a doctor has been in practice and met or exceeded rigorous standards in patient care and applied knowledge.
A referral is not required to see one of our doctors at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center.
For insurance or workers’ compensation purposes, a referral may be necessary. Feel free to confirm with your provider, employer, or our office.
You or your care advocate can simply call our friendly team members at (402) 496-0404 to schedule an appointment directly.
You can also use our online appointment request feature any time to request an appointment now, and we will follow up with you to schedule your appointment.
Our doctors believe in precise and effective care and offer second opinions to ensure the absolute highest level of care.
Please call us at (402) 496-0404 to schedule an appointment, or work with your care team or employer if any approvals are necessary first.
If you’re in pain and it’s not improving with rest or over-the-counter medications, you should not have to tolerate that pain any longer. Seeing a doctor will help you find the source of that pain and start you on your journey to relief.
Once conservative measures, such as medications, exercises, physical therapy, or even interventional procedures do not or no longer adequately relieve your pain or limitations, you may want to consider surgery.
Our surgeons at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center only recommend surgery when nonsurgical options have first been exhausted completely.
Pain along the neck and back affects everyone at some point in life, and as we age, our spine will start degenerating with wear and tear as well as the aging process. Focusing on your overall health and physical conditioning can go a long way in preventing pain of all sorts.
To help prevent spine- and nerve-related pain, you can follow these general best practices:
- Avoid tobacco products.
- Be sure to stretch and warm up before doing any rigorous activities.
- Do not overexert yourself when exercising or when moving or lifting heavy objects.
- Eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and minimize alcohol and inflammatory foods, such as refined sugars.
- Keep moving throughout the day and maintain good posture.
- Stay active and maintain a healthy weight.
- Stay well-rested and minimize your stress.
Physical therapy is a very common treatment as well as a rehabilitation method for the complete range of musculoskeletal needs.
Our physical therapy team at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center will work with you and your doctor to develop a comprehensive, targeted program for you based on your needs and goals.
Using techniques to increase your strength and range of motion, physical therapy can even relieve pain and improve function without surgery or other treatments in some cases.
Conditions & Treatments
When a spinal disc between your vertebrae, or spinal bones, is misaligned or slips out of place, this is called a herniation, slipped disc, or ruptured disc.
Herniated discs occur for a number of reasons, from sudden injury to degeneration in the disc over time. This herniation often results in spinal deformity, pain, and other nerve symptoms, such as numbness and tingling.
When the spaces between your spinal discs compress or shrink, it puts pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves going through your spine. This narrowing of the space around your spinal cord is called spinal stenosis.
In some cases, surgery may be recommended to create additional space for your spinal cord or nerves. Spinal stenosis is most commonly found in the neck, or cervical spine, and low back, or lumbar spine.
Symptoms include pain in the lower back or neck and muscle weakness, numbness and tingling in the arms, and even sciatica (shooting pains in the buttocks and legs).
Your vertebrae, or spinal bones, protect your spinal cord and have openings that protect the nerve roots that extend out into your body. When a nerve root along your spine is irritated or compressed, the condition is known as radiculopathy. Spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and herniated discs can all lead to radiculopathy.
Your symptoms may vary depending on the location of the radiculopathy, but pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the limbs are all common.
When a vertebra or spinal bone collapses, this is known as a compression fracture. The pain can be severe when the fracture occurs, and it can lead to additional problems with the spinal cord, discs, and nerves.
Compression fractures are most commonly associated with osteoporosis, or weakened bone structures. Severe trauma as well as spinal cancer can also cause these fractures.
Many forms of back, neck, and spine-related pain can be reduced or resolved with nonsurgical methods. These include:
- Lifestyle and activity modifications
- Nerve blocks (to stop pain signals) and other interventional procedures
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Pain injections
- Physical therapy
Your surgical options will depend on a number of factors, especially your diagnosis. Regardless of the source of your pain and the area affected, once you choose to pursue a treatment plan, your Nebraska Spine + Pain Center surgeon will proceed with the least invasive option for you to ensure you can recover as quickly and effectively as possible. This includes minimally invasive spine surgery.
Our team of advanced specialty surgeons at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center has exceptional skill and expertise in the best, evidence-based techniques, technologies, and protocols in spine care. With our team, you will be in the most capable hands, placed in only the most optimal, state-of-the-art facilities, and led with skill and understanding every step of the way.