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What is a neck specialist called?

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Healthcare professionals that treat neck pain include orthopedists, rheumatologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and physiatrists, according to WebMD. An otolaryngologist also can focus on part of the neck, The American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery states.

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Orthopedists specialize in treating bone, muscles and joints, states WebMD, and orthopedic surgeons perform corrective procedures in these areas. Some specialize in specific areas. Rheumatologists treat joints and specialize in rheumatic diseases. Neurologists treat the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.

Physiatrists specialize in assisting with regaining functions after surgery and may also help patients with pain management and regaining strength. An otolaryngologist, commonly referred to as ear, nose and throat physicians, or ENT, can treat the head and neck area for tumors, facial trauma and deformities, says the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.

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