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18 Jul

5 Neck Pain Red Flags that Should be Seen by an Orthopedic Specialist

by Courtney Gittins

Orthopedic SpecialistBetween 12%-14% of the adult American population will visit their doctor due to neck pain. In 2012, more than 52.3 million patients visited a physician with a complaint of back pain, compared to 44.6 million in 2004. 7.5% in the population age 18 or older report they have a physical, mental, or emotional problem or illness that interrupt work. Among that percentage, 27% are unable to work due to chronic back or neck problems. Another 4% is limited in the type and duration of work they can do because of back and neck pain. 75% of people with pain in multiple areas of both the back and neck report limitations with work. Orthopedic specialist will see anyone typically from ages 16-65.

Pain in the neck frequently occurs from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury from something like a car accident. It can also be caused by poor posture, sleeping on it wrong, osteoarthritis, muscle strains, or injuries. However, these injuries rarely stem from sports.

While cervical (neck) pain is very common, it can be a symptom of a more significant injury or condition.Visit our Website for further information

5 RED FLAGS WITH NECK PAIN
THAT SHOULD BEEN SEEN BY A SPINE SURGEON:

  1. Bowel or Bladder Dysfunction (Incontinence or Retention)
  2. Night pain that awakens a patient from sleeping
  3. Dexterity problems
  4. Loss of coordination
  5. Fever or chills and unexpected weight loss 

What is an Orthopedic Specialist?

What is an Orthopedic Specialist?