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1 Aug

Neck Pain + Any of these 5 Conditions = Visit to Orthopedic Specialist

by Courtney Gittins
Neck Pain + Any of these 5 Conditions = Visit to Orthopedic SpecialistYou should visit an Orthopedic Specialist if you are experiencing neck pain with any of these conditions. The combination of the two commonly means that there is something more severe occurring than just neck pain. These problems typically do not require surgery and can be treated conservatively by a spine specialist.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Occurs when immune system accidentally attacks the lining of your body's tissue. Causes joints to deteriorate
  • Inflammatory disorder that affects joints and causes painful swelling
  • Symptoms: neck pain, swollen joints, joint pain/stiffness, fatigue, numbness
  • Treatment: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Steroids, Disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), therapy

Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Arthritic condition that can lead to the vertebrae in the spine fusing together. This leads to the spine becoming more stiff and typically affects posture
  • Affects more men than women
  • Symptoms commonly occur during early adulthood
  • Symptoms: pain & stiffness,
  • Treatment: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers

Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Typically affects people who have psoriasis (condition with red patches of skin covered with silver scales)
  • Symptoms: joint pain, swelling, stiffness
  • Treatment: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), Immunosuppressants, TNF-alpha inhibitors

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)

  • Is a bony solidification of ligaments where they attach to your spine
  • Also know as Forestier's disease
  • Symptoms: Pain, stiffness, hoarse voice, and difficulty swallowing. However there are sometimes no symptoms

Neck Pain correlated with Radiating Arm Pain

  • Patient may have herniated disc or bone spurs that are pinching the nerve

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