About Neck Pain

A bad night’s sleep, poor posture at your desk, stress or injury can all be causes of neck pain. Your neck is the least protected part of your spine, which makes it more susceptible to injury or disorders that cause pain and restrict your movement. Neck pain can be temporary for some people, while others may need a neck pain doctor to diagnose and treat the cause and symptoms. At UT Health Austin, our neck pain doctors understand that neck pain can range from a minor irritation to a major disruption in your personal and work life. Our goal is to relieve your neck pain, using the least invasive medical treatments, allowing you to get back to your life.

Neck Pain and Treatment Specialists at UT Health Austin

Depending on the type and severity of your neck pain, the team will develop the best neck pain treatments customized for you. Your evaluation will include a thorough history and physical examination, and may also include imaging studies such as x-rays or an MRI. Based on the type and severity of your neck pain, the team will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that may be as simple as an exercise program you can do on your own, or more aggressive treatment with medications and/or injections. Your UT Health Austin neck pain specialist will help you understand the risks and benefits of your treatment plan and fully support you during your recovery.

When is neck pain an emergency?

If you have severe or increasing pain, changes in the way you walk or in your bowel or bladder function, clumsy hands, or have had significant trauma or a history of cancer or recent neck surgery, you should seek immediate emergency care.

Care Team Approach

We have assembled a team of experts that includes neck pain doctors, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.