The neck or cervical spine is comprised of seven vertebrae and supports the skull. The neck has the ability to move forward, backward, sideways, and rotate allowing for a variety of functions including directing our line of sight. The neck has a number of primary and secondary muscles that help position the neck and head, shrug the shoulders and even assist with breathing. Most of the nerves that go to the arm and hand arise from the cervical spine.
OSS recognizes that neck issues can potentially cause neck pain, but can also cause signs and symptoms into the upper back, arm, wrist and hand. Because of this, OSS recognizes the importance of the orthopedic subspecialist. Dr. Yuri Falkinstein, a recognized board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, utilizes the most cutting edge clinical skills, diagnostic tools, and treatment techniques to care for the spine and its associated structures. Here are just a few of the common problems successfully cared for by Dr. Falkinstein.
- Cervical strains and/or sprains
- Pinched nerves
- Disc injuries including bulges, degenerations, and herniations
- Cervical headaches
Dr. Falkinstein is a proponent of conservative care including bracing, splinting, injections, medications, and therapy. Though, if surgery is required, Dr. Falkinstein is recognized by his peers as one of the best in the region offering the most up-to-date surgical interventions.
To find out more about neck and spine injuries, please visit these pages of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website: