About Neck Pain

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is Neck Pain?

Your neck, which helps you look up, down, and side-to-side, needs to be very flexible to allow you to see from a wide range of angles. Your bones and soft tissues make this enhanced mobility possible. The cervical spine, which refers to the bones of the neck, are very responsive, but they can also be more vulnerable to damage, disorders, and other concerns that can cause pain and limit movement. In most cases, neck pain is a temporary issue that will subside over time. However, more serious issues require evaluation and treatment to alleviate the symptoms.

Common Causes:

  • Strain
  • Injury
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

In most severe cases:

  • Tumor
  • Viral infection
  • Fracture

Our Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Specialists can provide customized spine and pain management to help you relieve discomfort and return to normal activity as quickly as possible.

Symptoms you should look for are:

  • Stiffness
  • Pain that is persistent and continuous
  • Radiating pain in the extremities
  • Tingling or numbness in extremities
  • Limited range of motion

If you are experiencing these symptoms seek medical treatment immediately:

  • Incontinence
  • Loss of function in extremities
  • A severe headache after injury

When you arrive for your initial consultation, one of our experienced Spine Team Specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing neck pain, The OPA Spine Team:

  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order and analyze X-ray, MRI, CT Scan, Myelogram

Common Treatments:

At Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA), our Board Certified Spine Specialists receive extensive training specifically in the musculoskeletal system, including the bones and soft tissues of the spine.

Our skilled Spine Specialists can diagnose, treat, and help prevent common and complex concerns of the entire spine. The Spine Team can address your condition with our selection of physicians who focus on issues concerning spine and pain management.

Most incidences of neck pain can be successfully treated with one or more non-surgical techniques:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decreases inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.


An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.
Surgical intervention is necessary for neck pain only when other treatments have not provided adequate pain relief or if the condition is severe enough to warrant an operation.

Some instances where this may occur include: when a herniated disc pinches a nerve or the spinal cord; if a bony abnormality narrows the spinal canal opening; or if you suffered a serious injury that could cause lead to partial paralysis. In cases of trauma, surgery can help to stabilize the neck to prevent additional damage.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Spine Specialists, Dr. Mark Flanum, Dr. James Eule, and Dr. Curtis Mina are experts in treating neck pain.

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment to see one of our Spine Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Spine Team

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Dr. James Eule

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Mark Flanum

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Curtis Mina

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Sean Taylor, MD

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