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At Casper Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained neck doctor is an expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating neck injuries and conditions.

Neck doctors often treat patients who have been in a car crash or have sustained whiplash through another type of traumatic accident. They also work frequently with older people who are dealing with neck pain caused by degeneration of the joints brought on by wear and tear over time. 

Additionally, workers often come to neck doctors with pain that has been caused by improperly or repetitively using their neck on the job. While many of these people work in physically challenging jobs, there are many that have positions where they sit for long periods of time at a desk. Both types of employees are at a high risk for neck problems. 

Neck doctors not only know how to offer a diagnosis and treatment options to help with neck pain, but they also can often find solutions that can help prevent future neck pain, such as working with the patient to develop new habits that put less strain on the neck.

When Should You Visit a Neck Doctor?

It's important to be aware of the specific issues surrounding your neck pain so you can tell your neck doctor specifically what you are experiencing. Sharing this information with your doctor can help him or her better understand what might be causing your pain and what treatments to offer. Here are some common symptoms that patients with neck conditions experience:

  • Grinding sensation when turning the neck and head
  • Headaches
  • Kinked neck
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness in the arm or hand
  • Pain that travels from the neck to the shoulders and/or arms
  • Severe pain upon waking in the morning
  • Shoulder or shoulder blade pain
  • Stiffness and inability to turn the neck
  • Tenderness

If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing another type of back, neck, or spine pain, you may have one of the following medical conditions or disorders:

  • Arthritis
  • Cervical fractures
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerves
  • Ruptured cervical disc
  • Sprains
  • Whiplash (neck sprain)

To treat your neck condition or injury, our neck doctor will exhaust all conservative treatment options, like physical therapy or injections, before recommending surgery. Please be assured that if neck surgery is necessary, our surgeon uses state-of-the-art technology and the latest advancements in surgical procedures.

Our specialist understands that back, neck, and spine pain can alter your daily lifestyle and is dedicated to getting you back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Casper, Douglas, Riverton, or Worland, please call (307) 265-7205 or click on the Appointment Request button. 

If immediate attention is required for your neck injury or disorder, you can visit our OrthoCare Now at our Casper location on Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.

Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon at Casper Orthopedics, Demian M. Yakel, D.O., provides compassionate, experienced nonsurgical and surgical care for injuries and conditions of the back, neck, and spine. When a doctor is fellowship-trained, it means they have completed an extra year of schooling that focused on a specific body part or area of specialty, like sports medicine. With this additional training, our neck specialist has the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your neck condition or injury. If surgery is needed, Dr. Yakel has vast surgical experience in a variety of back, neck, and spine procedures.

Working closely with our surgeon, our specialty-trained therapists provide comprehensive occupational and physical therapy services. Our entire team is focused on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your goals and needs in order to get you back to your active lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment with our orthopedic neck surgeon, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.