As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained neck doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat neck conditions and injuries.

In identifying what causes neck pain, it's helpful to understand how the head impacts the neck. On average, an adult's head weighs approximately 8 to 10 pounds. The neck is responsible for supporting this weight as the head turns, nods, and tilts, along with the other frequent movements it makes on a daily basis. If the neck is damaged or injured, the pain is worse because of this additional weight. Neck pain is fairly widespread and can be the result of a traumatic injury, like whiplash, or a medical condition, like arthritis. Neck doctors have extensive knowledge of the neck and provide accurate diagnoses and viable treatment options to help patients get back to their active lifestyles.

When It's Time to Visit a Neck Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best neck, back, and spine care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a neck doctor near you:

  • Bruising or swelling
  • Cracking or grinding in the neck
  • Difficulty moving head side to side or up and down
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms and hands
  • Pain on only one side of the neck
  • Pain that travels down into the arms and hands
  • Persistent headaches

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical disorder, such as:

  • Bone spurs
  • Cervical kyphosis
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Muscle strain
  • Pinched nerve
  • Spinal cord disease 
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Whiplash

Many neck problems can be treated through nonsurgical treatment methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If neck surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex neck, back, and spine surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our spine surgeons specialize in a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures, which include:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Artificial disc replacement surgery of the cervical spine
  • Cervical corpectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar decompression and fusion
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Pars fracture repair surgery
  • Sacral iliac joint fusion

Our doctors understand that pain in your neck, back, and spine can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our neck specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat neck injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute 

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your neck, back, and spine pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Anton A. Thompkins, M.D., and Nick Nenadovich, M.D., are skilled in treating a variety of neck, back, and spine injuries and conditions. Our neck doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative treatment techniques and state-of-the-art spinal procedures. Understanding the challenges that come with living with neck pain, our spine surgeons work with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan. Our surgeons also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced neck surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.