Causes & Treatments For Neck & Spine Pain

The cervical spine – more commonly referred to as the neck – consists of the seven upper vertebrae which connect the skull to the chest. Located beneath the cervical spine is the thoracic spine, which consists of the next twelve vertebrae.

Recent statistics show that approximately four out of every five adults will experience some variety of neck and/or back pain during their lifetime. That makes it one of the most prevalent medical problems today that neck and spine specialists treat. The most common symptoms that patients exhibit with neck and spine pain include stiffness, muscle spasms, sharp and radial pain, and headaches. For a neck and spine doctor near you that can get to the root cause of what’s causing you pain and discomfort, use the button below to schedule an appointment with Mid-America Orthopedics Wichita.


Mid-America Orthopedics has the most experienced team of orthopedic doctors and neck and spine specialists in the Wichita area. We’re able to diagnose neck and spine pain for a wide array of issues and develop a personalized treatment plan that allows you to reclaim your quality of life.

During your first appointment, one of our neck and spine specialists will get a detailed medical history and conduct a comprehensive examination. Neck and spine pain can be caused from sprain or strain injuries, which can typically be resolved with a combination of rest and at-home holistic treatments.

Neck pain can also be caused by serious non-spine related issues such as carotid artery dissection, head and neck cancer, and referred pain from myocardial infarction. Additionally, mid-back pain has similar symptoms as neck pain and is most commonly mechanical in nature, with contributing factors including poor posture, overuse, poor conditioning, and trauma. It frequently affects the myofascial tissue (muscular and connective tissue) and can cause painful trigger points.

If you suffer from neck and spine pain or any of the symptoms mentioned above, our neck and spine specialists can help. Treatment for neck and spine pain can generally be divided into the following categories: pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments, nonsurgical interventional treatments, and surgical treatments.

  • Nonpharmacologic treatments are holistic treatments that don’t employ the use of over-the-counter or prescription medication. These treatments include rest, ice/heat therapy, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, and massage.
  • Pharmacologic treatments are non-holistic treatments that employ the use of over-the-counter or prescription medication. These treatments include acetaminophen, NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and topical medications.
  • Nonsurgical interventions include various spine and musculoskeletal injections that are intended to provide lower back pain relief. Many of these involve the injection of glucocorticoids, which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
  • Surgical intervention may be considered if conservative care has failed and there is definitive evidence of a mechanical disorder that can be corrected by surgery.
  • Schedule an appointment for a full evaluation and personalized treatment plan.

The best way to get to the root cause of your neck and spine pain is by contacting Mid-America Orthopedics Wichita. Our neck and spine specialists have decades of combined experience evaluating patients and developing personalized treatment plans. Use the scheduling button below to arrange your initial consultation and exam with one of our experienced orthopedic doctors.

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Common Conditions Our Neck and Spine Specialists Treat

  • Acute Neck and Spine Injuries
  • Strains or Sprains Caused by Overuse or Poor Posture
  • Osteoarthritis and Worn Joints
  • Compressed Nerves
  • Neck Pain Caused by Diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Meningitis)
  • Muscle or Ligament Strain
  • Ruptured or Bulging Disk
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