Neck Pain Specialist

Kenneth Nwosu, MD

Spine Surgeon located in Burien, WA & Puyallup, WA

When neck pain becomes chronic, and your current therapies aren’t providing relief, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, can help. At his orthopedic practice, with offices in Puyallup and Burien, Washington, Dr. Nwosu offers the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery to relieve chronic neck pain caused by arthritis or injury. Learn more about your surgical options for relieving neck pain by calling the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you or by booking a consultation online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

For some, neck pain is the result of tension in the muscles that support your neck, also known as your cervical spine. However, if your pain becomes chronic and starts interfering with your quality of life, you may have an underlying health condition that needs medical attention.

Common causes of chronic neck pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve compression
  • Degenerative disc disease

You may also develop persistent neck pain due to an injury or trauma to the neck, often from participation in sports or auto accidents.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

In addition to pain in the neck, underlying disease or injury can cause symptoms like:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Recurrent headaches

If your nerves are under pressure from a damaged disc or another issue, pain can radiate from your neck down into your arms and hands. This can make it difficult to grasp objects or have full use of your hands and fingers.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

To determine what might be causing your neck pain, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, reviews your medical and family history and listens to your symptoms. He may ask questions about your activities and occupation to identify injuries that may be triggering pain.

To diagnose a degenerative disease or other underlying medical issues, Dr. Nwosu orders imaging tests, like a CT scan or X-rays.

If you’ve been undergoing treatments for chronic neck pain that aren’t working, Dr. Nwosu can assess your overall health to determine if surgery is right for you.

Am I a good candidate for surgery to relieve neck pain?

Surgery isn’t right for everyone, and Dr. Nwosu can determine if you’ll benefit in the long-term based on your condition.

Typically, minimally invasive surgical techniques can help reduce pain that stems from nerve compression or to repair damaged vertebrae in your cervical spine. You may also benefit from surgery to address degenerative disc disease or arthritis. Dr. Nwosu can remove damaged bone and soft tissue in the cervical spine through small incisions and specialized surgical instruments.

Minimally invasive surgery causes less trauma to your body and reduces your risk for scarring and infection. Unlike traditional surgery, you can expect to recover faster and experience less pain following a minimally invasive procedure.

Find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery for neck pain by calling the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you or by booking a consultation online today.