The neck does a lot of work. With just seven bones, it supports your head and protects the nerves that carry brain signals to the rest of your body. In addition, your neck is remarkably strong and flexible. Because of all it does and its relatively unprotected location, the neck can suffer stress and injury. Problems can involve muscle, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
The doctors at Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute are experienced in dealing with all kinds of neck injuries whether they occur in a car accident or on a playing field, or are due to aging or congenital conditions. We use the most modern diagnostic equipment available, ranging from X-rays to computer tomography (CT) scans to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In all cases, we work closely with patients to understand their conditions and needs, and to develop treatment programs that address both. Fortunately, many neck problems do not require surgery. In fact, we can treat these cases with pain medicine, icing, physical therapy and/or use of a cervical collar.