Spine, Neck & Back

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If you have pain in your neck, back or spine, it can impact every aspect of your daily life. Work with the team of orthopedic specialists and neurologists at Novant Health to create a treatment and recovery plan.

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What causes back and neck pain?

If you spend hours hunched over a computer or lift heavy items without bending properly, you're putting strain on your muscles and ligaments. These actions can lead to poor posture, a herniated disc or compression of the spinal cord and nerves. You may experience symptoms like numbness, tingling, weakness or more severe symptoms like pain that radiates through your body.

Other causes of back and neck pain include an infection, inflammation, tumor or cyst, obesity and reduced muscle tone. Smoking is also linked to back pain since the adverse effects on the vascular system reduce the self-healing ability of the ligaments, muscles and discs in your spinal network.

What symptoms should I watch for?

Because the central nervous system runs through your spine, you could experience back and neck pain symptoms anywhere in your body. Spinal cord compression can cause numbness, cramping or burning in your arms and legs or a loss of sensation in your feet. Stiffness or dull pain in your neck, back and shoulders or shooting pain down your leg could indicate a muscle, ligament or tendon condition. Neck strain often brings headaches, shoulder pain and numbness in your arms.

Acute symptoms usually surface quickly and can last for a few days or weeks, but chronic pain can linger for several months. If you experience incontinence and severe leg pain or numbness that prevents you from standing or walking, contact the spine specialists at Novant Health for further assessment.

Why Choose Novant Health?

Our orthopedic specialists have helped thousands of people find relief and treatment for back, spine and neck pain. With access to the most advanced diagnostics and treatments, the neck and back specialists at Novant Health will work with you to regain mobility and get you back to your routine.

We treat a wide range of conditions, such as:

  • Herniated discs (cervical and lumbar)
  • Congenital deformities
  • Degenerative spine diseases
  • Humpback
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck sprain or strain
  • Occupational injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma or fracture of the spine
  • Tumors
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When you need pain relief, you want someone who will listen to your concerns and lay out your treatment options so that together you can find a solution that works best for you. The back, neck and spine specialists at Novant Health go beyond your spinal care. We consider your overall health and well-being.

We also provide the tools you need to stay involved in your treatment and care. Our MyNovant portal and smartphone app let you manage your treatment plan.

With the MyNovant App, you can:

  •  Find a doctor
  •  Search locations
  •  Schedule appointments
  •  Message your providers
  • Request prescription refills
  •  View test results and records
  • Learn about health conditions
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In addition to our nationally recognized hospitals, we have hundreds of Novant Health outpatient facilities across the region. With so many locations, quality health care is always nearby — from routine visits to emergency care to rehabilitation services.

You want a healthcare provider that keeps up with the rapidly growing advancements in medical technology. Novant Health recently announced a dedicated effort to accelerate the development of technological solutions to drive better healthcare results. That enables our physicians to deliver the best possible care — and empowers you to live a healthier and happier life.

You'll benefit from the latest diagnostic and imaging technology, robotic-assisted joint surgery and the Novant Health Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence, which uses AI to enhance and personalize your care and treatment.

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