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The Region’s Most Preferred Orthopaedic Practice – EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

Our fellowship-trained neck doctors, Dr. Alfred Geissele, Dr. Matthew Hannibal, Dr. Ralph Maxy, and Dr. Jason Zook, are dedicated neck specialists board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and committed to providing patients with the compassionate, world-class care they deserve and need to emerge stronger.

Our neck doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating injuries and conditions of the back, neck, and spine and are not only highly skilled in providing nonsurgical pain management care to treat neck pain but also in performing neck surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement, and cervical fusion.

How Our Neck Doctors Help Patients Emerge Stronger

When our neck doctors develop an individualized treatment plan for a patient with a neck problem, their first step is to always look at nonsurgical treatment options that will help instead of recommending surgery. Sometimes, the problem can be solved without the need for surgery with treatments such as physical therapy or injections, like a steroid injection.

However, if nonoperative treatments fail to provide relief for the patient or their neck pain becomes debilitating, our neck surgeons will recommend a surgical treatment plan that is right for the patient's cervical (neck) injury or condition. Our surgeons have undergone extensive training and specialize in a variety of spine procedures that can be used to treat neck pain or injuries, including the following treatment options:

  • Anterior cervical disc fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Posterior cervical fusion
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Surgical fracture care

Our surgeons understand that patients sometimes have concerns about undergoing surgical procedures, which is why they are dedicated to spending time to educate and provide patients with an understanding of the surgery as well as how it will be beneficial. They also make sure they answer any questions the patient might have about the surgery.

Do You Need World-Class Neck Care?

If you are noticing any of these neck symptoms, you should consider consulting with a doctor or neck surgeon:

  • Chronic pain
  • Difficulty or pain when turning your head
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Numbness or tingling down the arms
  • Sharp, stabbing pain
  • Shoulder pain in addition to neck pain
  • Your bones feel like they are grinding when in use

Patients with neck pain or any of the above symptoms often seek help from a doctor or surgeon specializing in the neck, back, or spine who may diagnose them with one of the following injuries or conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated disc
  • Neck sprain
  • Nerve injury
  • Pinched nerve (cervical radiculopathy)
  • Soft-tissue injury, such as a ligament strain
  • Spinal deformity, such as scoliosis
  • Whiplash

If you have neck pain or have suffered a neck injury, our back, neck, and spine doctors are ready to provide you with the world-class neck care you need. Schedule an appointment with one of our spine specialists by calling (828) 324-2800 or requesting an appointment online.

We have seven offices located throughout North Carolina—our offices include Granite Falls, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, Newton, Taylorsville, and Valdese.

Emerge Stronger, Healthier, and Better at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

At EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, our patients are always our top priority. Our entire team, from our pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor and spine surgeons to our physical therapists and additional providers, is focused on providing you with the compassionate, world-class bone, joint, and muscle care you need to emerge stronger and get back to doing the things you love.

Our spine specialists will be by your side through every step of your journey to pain relief, from diagnosis and nonoperative treatment or surgery to recovery and rehabilitation. Whether you need treatment for a nerve or muscle injury or you need neck surgery, our doctors will be right beside you.

Visit Our Spine Center

Our Spine Center is designed to provide our patients with comprehensive spine education as well as world-class spinal care from our spine doctors, helping patients get back to enjoying life faster.

From answering frequently asked questions to allowing our surgeons to provide the latest and most advanced treatment options available, our Spine Center brings together and combines all of our spine team's experience, knowledge, and expertise to provide one dedicated center devoted to meeting all of our patients' spinal needs.

World-Class Neck Care Begins Here