Cervical Spine Specialist

International Spine, Pain & Performance Center

Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine located in Washington, DC & Arlington, VA

While your cervical spine has more flexibility than the rest of your spine, it’s also prone to injury because it has less protection. The team at International Spine Pain & Performance Center, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia, specializes in spine care and provide cutting-edge treatments to improve your cervical spine health and reduce your pain and discomfort. For management of your cervical spine concerns, call ISPP Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Cervical Spine

What is the cervical spine?

Your cervical spine, which you may refer to as your neck, is comprised of seven vertebrae that support the weight of your head and allow you to move in a variety of directions. Each vertebra is separated by soft cushions known as intervertebral discs.

What are the common causes of cervical spine pain?

Due to the weight of your head and its flexibility, your cervical spine is susceptible to injury and pain. Common causes of cervical spine pain include:

Herniated disc

Whether from an injury or the aging process, if your intervertebral disc becomes damaged it may cause the disc to rupture. This allows the soft jelly center to leak out, which can then press on one of your spinal nerves and lead to pain. This condition is referred to as a herniated disc.

Cervical stenosis

Cervical stenosis refers to a narrowing of your spinal canal that compresses your nerves, leading to pain. Herniated discs can cause cervical stenosis. In addition to pain, cervical stenosis can also cause tingling and numbness that travels to your hands and arms.

Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your head is forced in a back and forth motion. Rear-end auto accidents are common causes of whiplash and usually result in soft tissue injury that can lead to prolonged pain.

If you’re experiencing neck or cervical spine pain, the team at International Spine Pain & Performance Center can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine its underlying cause and create a customized treatment plan that helps you heal and get relief from your discomfort.

What treatments can improve my cervical spine?

The team at International Spine Pain & Performance Center use the most cutting-edge techniques to treat conditions that affect your cervical spine. The focus of treatment is to reduce your pain and improve your flexibility, and it’s customized based on your underlying condition, symptoms, and overall health.

Treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Epidurals
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Physical therapy

The team also specializes in interventional orthopedics and offers regenerative care using stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). When injected into damaged or diseased tissue, these treatments stimulate your body’s own natural healing powers to generate new healthy tissue, providing pain relief and improving function.

For management of your cervical spine condition, call International Spine Pain & Performance Center or schedule an appointment online today.