Neck Pain (Cervical Pain)
Orange County Neck Doctor
The neck (cervical spine) is comprised of vertebrae that starts at the
skull and moves down to the upper torso. Although the cervical spine,
ligaments, and muscles are essential to stabilizing the spine and allowing
for motion of the head, it is less protected than other areas of the spine
and is therefore susceptible to injuries and disorders that can cause
considerable pain and limited mobility.
Neck pain can result from a variety of issues, including those involving
soft tissue. It can also result from conditions affecting the bones and
spinal discs, or from sudden impact forces or trauma common in car accidents
and sports injuries.
Common Neck Conditions Resulting in Neck Pain:
Orthopedic conditions – Neck pain can result from orthopedic disorders affecting the cervical
spine. One of the most common issues is cervical disc degeneration, or
spondylosis. This condition involves the deterioration of cervical discs
and occurs as the natural result of aging. In some cases, deteriorated
discs can protrude into the spinal canal and place pressure on nerves
or the spinal cord. This is referred to as a herniated cervical disc.
Other conditions that may cause neck pain include cervical osteoarthritis,
cervical spinal stenosis, and cervical foraminal stenosis.
Injuries – The neck is very susceptible to injury in accidents, especially
those involving hyperextension (when the neck extends backward beyond
normal limits) or hyperflexion (forward motion of the neck beyond normal
limits). While many neck injuries are soft tissue injuries involving muscles
or ligaments, they can also involve fractures or dislocation, which can
damage the spinal cord and potentially cause disability or paralysis.
Treating Neck Pain
Treatment options for patients with neck pain will depend on the individual
facts of their condition, pain, and symptoms. This is why our neck surgeons
at the Center for Spine Hoag Orthopedic Institute focus on detailed and
personalized evaluations and advanced diagnostic testing to determine
the underlying cause of pain.
Once an issue or condition has been identified and diagnosed, patients
will receive a customized treatment plan that may begin with non-surgical
care, such as medication, rest, and
physical therapy. In more severe cases, or when non-surgical care fails to provide pain
relief and improved mobility after a certain period of time, surgery may
Surgery of the neck typically focuses on removing a damaged disc and /
or fragments that place pressure on nerves, stabilizing the spine, or
decompressing the spinal cord.
Depending the on the condition involved, surgery options may include:
At the Center for Spine Hoag Orthopedic Institute, our board-certified
neck doctors have extensive experience treating a range of conditions
affecting the cervical spine. This includes surgical treatments such as
traditional open surgery and procedures that utilize advanced technology.
Treat Your Neck Pain with an Hoag Orthopedic Institute Neck Surgeon
By leveraging the expertise of fellowship trained neck and cervical doctors
and a team of experienced medical professionals, The Center for Spine
Hoag Orthopedic Institute offers comprehensive care that focuses on the
unique needs of our patients. Our goal is to help you find relief from
neck pain, improve mobility and getting you back to daily tasks and to
the activities you love.
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