The neck is the area of the spine closest to the head, extending from the base of the head to the shoulders. We use our necks for hundreds of important tasks every day — glancing at a movement to the left, twisting to see over our right shoulder, looking down as we walk. This area is particularly vulnerable to injury because it is very flexible, exposed and not as protected as the rest of the spine.
Help for Neck Pain at MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has a wide range of experts available to help treat your neck pain, including:
- Neurologists and Neurosurgeons — Neurologists and neurosurgeons specialize in conditions relating to the brain and nervous system. Because the spinal cord is a key part of our body’s central nervous system, the underlying cause of neck pain is sometimes best treated by these specialists.
- Orthopedic spine surgeons — Orthopedic spine surgeons have special training in performing surgeries on the neck, back and spine. Learn more about spine surgery at MultiCare.
- Pain Management Specialists — Pain management specialists are doctors who focus on treating patients who suffer from chronic pain issues, to help patients feel less pain. Learn more about our Pain Management program.
- Physiatrists — Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, treat conditions that affect how you move. They often work with patients who are experiencing pain, mobility problems or other issues after an illness or injury. Learn more about our Physiatrists.
- Physical Therapists — Physical therapists are health care professionals trained to work with people to help them regain mobility and function after an illness or injury, or during recovery from some kinds of surgeries. Learn more about Physical Therapy at MultiCare.
- Sports Medicine Specialists — Sports medicine doctors typically focus on treating conditions or injuries related to sports or exercise. Their patients range from serious athletes to people who simply lead active lives. Learn more about Sports Medicine.
Diagnosing and Treating Neck Pain
Since neck pain can be caused by a number of conditions or injuries, your first step in diagnosing your pain is to be seen by one of our providers. Your initial appointment will be usually be with one of our orthopedic surgeons or sports medicine doctors. The doctor will complete a full evaluation of your symptoms and recent activities. X-rays, and MRI or CT scans may be necessary.
Finding the reason for your pain will help determine your treatment, as well as which provider or providers will be part of your treatment team.