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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained neck doctor in Wichita is an expert in providing evaluation and treatment for neck injuries and conditions.
Specialty-trained neck doctors and surgeons work with patients who are dealing with neck (cervical) pain due to any number of issues. These doctors have undergone advanced training in the neck and can perform neck surgery as well as other treatment options that help reduce or eliminate neck pain and restore patients to better health.
One type of neck pain comes from compressed nerves. This can be due to a disorder such as degenerative disc disease, which causes the cervical discs to deteriorate or the cushioning within them to become thinner, which in turn can cause the nerves to become pinched, often causing considerable pain. Neck specialists help patients with this type of pain and also offer their expertise to other patients, such as people with arthritis who need a treatment plan that will help them manage their neck pain.
Because athletes can injure their necks and heads playing sports, neck doctors can also offer treatment to these patients or serve as a consultant to a sports medicine physician or clinic.
Sometimes, neck disorders and injuries can impact the spine and head. For example, a neck condition could cause headaches, spine pain, sinus pain, and throat issues. There are times when nonsurgical treatments, like working with a physical therapist or taking medication, can help. However, if the nonsurgical treatment options do not, a neck doctor can explain the different types of neck surgery that are available and recommend one that could help relieve the neck pain.
Neck Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to neck problems and may be familiar to you:
- Bones that feel like they are grinding when turning the head
- Difficulty walking or feeling unbalanced
- Hand weakness or clumsiness
- Kinked neck
- Lump on the neck
- Muscle spasms
- Neck stiffness
- Pain that radiates into the shoulders, arms, and/or hands
- Unable to move the head up and down
Common Neck Conditions & Injuries
A neck doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following neck or spine conditions or injuries:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck cancer
- Spinal stenosis
Exceptional Neck Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita, you’ll meet with our board-certified, fellowship-trained neck doctor, Dr. Camden Whitaker. Dr. Whitaker and our other orthopaedic experts treat patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. They not only provide patient care, but they also have a deep understanding of the challenges patients with neck issues face and know how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It’s important to know that our doctors and surgeons always strive to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through their diagnostic process, they will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment plan, such as physical therapy or medication, will be the best approach.
However, if surgery is needed, our neck surgeon will apply his advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. Whether you’re undergoing neck surgery for a cervical disc disease, need an artificial disc, or are undergoing a minimally invasive spine surgery or neck procedure like laminoplasty, he’ll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation at our office, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our doctors in Wichita, Scott City, and El Dorado can assess and diagnose your condition and consult with you about what treatment approach may be best for you. Sometimes, our neck doctor may consult with other doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your neck problem. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective is just one of the many benefits of being treated by our doctors.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our neck specialist by phone at (316) 219-8299 or by using the request an appointment button below. We have convenient office locations in Wichita, Scott City, and El Dorado.