Orin Atlas, MD, FAAOS
Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Specialist located in Hainesport, NJ
Neck and back pain are two of the leading causes of disability that affect about 80% of adults at some point in their lives. To find the cause of your neck or back pain, see orthopedic surgeon Orin Atlas, MD, FAAOS, in Hainesport, New Jersey. As a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon and founder of Atlas Spine, Dr. Atlas provides personal care and is dedicated to helping you get out of pain. Set up an appointment today by calling the office or booking online.
Neck and Back Pain
What conditions cause neck and back pain?
Any condition that affects the spinal cord, vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, joints, or nerves of the spine can cause neck and back pain.
In many cases, neck and back pain comes from multiple sources in your spine, especially if you experience additional symptoms like numbness and tingling in your arms or legs.
Common neck and back conditions that Dr. Atlas treats include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical myelopathy
- Back and neck strains, or whiplash
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal tumors
As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Dr. Atlas has extensive training and experience diagnosing and treating the complete range of neck and back problems that cause pain, nerve problems, and disability.
When should I see an orthopedic surgeon for my neck or back pain?
Dr. Atlas recommends that you schedule a consultation and exam if you’ve experienced neck or back pain for more than 2-4 weeks without relief or if your symptoms are getting worse.
He works with neck and back specialists in the area, including physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and pain management specialists to ensure you receive the best form of treatment for your condition.
How does an orthopedic surgeon diagnose neck or back pain?
Dr. Atlas begins each visit with a thorough consultation and physical exam to diagnose the cause of your neck or back pain. In addition to asking about your symptoms, medical history, and any injuries that may have contributed to your pain, he also examines your spine.
During the exam, Dr. Atlas measures your range of motion, assesses the function of your spinal joints and muscles, and evaluates your spinal discs and nerves. If additional testing or imaging is needed, Dr. Atlas refers you to a testing facility in the area.
Additional tests to diagnose neck and back pain include:
- CT scan
- Bone scans
- Spinal injections
Based on your consultation, exam, and any additional testing, Dr. Atlas determines your diagnosis and explains treatment options.
What treatments are available for neck and back pain?
Dr. Atlas provides extensive conservative and surgical treatment options to meet your needs and relieve your pain. Your treatment plan can include:
- Heat therapy
- Physical therapy
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Chiropractic care
- Lifestyle modifications
- Nutritional supplements
- Surgical interventions
Dr. Atlas works with you every step of the way to make sure your treatment is effective and you can return to your normal routine pain-free.
To schedule an exam for your neck or back pain, call the office or book online now.