Neck Pain Specialist

Robert Lowe III, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Specialists located in Nashville, TN & Cookeville, TN

Whether it’s from poor posture or an underlying degenerative condition, neck pain may affect your day-to-day activities. When you have ongoing neck pain that fails to improve with at-home care, Robert Lowe III, MD, can help. Dr. Lowe is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in finding the best treatment for long-term neck pain relief. Call one of the offices in Nashville, Springhill, or Cookeville, Tennessee, or click the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain refers to discomfort that starts in the neck and may radiate into the head, shoulder, arms, or upper back. The pain may range from a dull aching sensation to sharp electric shock-like pain

Your neck pain may also affect head mobility or cause muscle weakness in your arms or legs. 

What causes neck pain?

Any injury or disease that affects the structure or function of your neck or cervical spine may cause neck pain. 

Common conditions include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal compression fractures

In most people, neck pain develops from poor posture that strains the muscles. However, when you have ongoing neck pain that affects your daily routine, then it may be a sign of an underlying problem like degenerative disc disease. 

Dr. Lowe is an experienced orthopedic spine expert who specializes in finding and treating the source of your neck pain so you get long-term pain relief. 

How is neck pain diagnosed?

Dr. Lowe conducts an in-depth clinical exam when you come in with concerns about neck pain. He asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they started, the type of pain you feel, how it’s changed over time, and the activities that make your discomfort worse or better.

He also reviews your medical history and performs a physical and neurological exam to fully assess the structure and function of your neck to determine the root cause of your neck pain.

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, he may perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. 

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment for your neck pain depends on your diagnosis, symptoms, and overall health. Dr. Lowe develops an individualized plan to find treatments that work best for you.

Initially, he may recommend a medical approach such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Posture therapy
  • Epidural injections

If medical therapies fail to provide adequate relief from your neck pain, he may suggest surgical intervention, such as a discectomy, disc replacement, or spinal fusion. 

For disc replacement, Dr. Lowe uses the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc, which is an artificial disc that restores neck mobility.

When possible, he uses robotic surgery when performing spine procedures to improve accuracy and outcomes. 

For a comprehensive approach to your neck pain, call the nearest office of Robert Lowe III, MD, or schedule a consultation through the online booking tool.


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