Neck Pain Specialist

Congress Orthopaedic Associates -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Congress Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

After your first bout of neck pain, whether from an injury or daily stress, you have a 50-50 chance of ending up with chronic neck pain. The earlier you seek treatment from the board-certified team at Congress Orthopaedic Associates, the better your chances of putting a quick end to the pain. The team provides comprehensive care, from on-site diagnostics, nonsurgical treatment, and physical therapy to minimally invasive surgery when needed. To learn more about treatment for neck pain, call the office in Pasadena or Arcadia, California, or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Athletic activities and car accidents account for many cases of neck pain. However, it doesn’t take a major injury like whiplash or even a direct impact to cause neck problems.

Everyday wear-and-tear can easily lead to pulled muscles and ligaments. These injuries occur by simply sitting with poor posture or bending your head to use electronic devices.

Beyond injuries, there are many conditions that cause neck pain, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Slipped vertebra
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Bone spurs

The conditions in this list often pinch or damage the nerves in your cervical spine, a condition called radiculopathy.

What symptoms accompany neck pain?

If you have neck pain, there’s a good chance you also have a stiff neck and limited mobility. You may also experience headaches, dizziness, and muscle spasms.

Pinched nerves cause tingling, pain, or a burning sensation that may travel down your arm. In severe cases, compressed nerves result in numbness and muscle weakness in your arm and hand.

How is neck pain treated?

The specialists at Congress Orthopaedic Associates talk with you about your symptoms, carefully examine your neck, and then conduct diagnostic imaging if needed. They offer advanced imaging in the office, such as X-rays and MRIs, so you don’t need to travel to another facility and you get quick results.

The first line of treatment for neck pain typically involves:

  • Applying ice or heat
  • Gentle stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Cervical collar
  • Avoiding activities that stress your neck

Cervical collars stabilize your neck and support healing, but they’re only used for a short time. Wearing the collar too long weakens your neck muscles.

Will I need surgery to relieve neck pain?

If your neck pain doesn’t improve with conservative treatment and you have a condition like a herniated disc or compressed nerves, your provider may recommend surgery to repair the underlying problem.

At their fully accredited surgery center, Congress Orthopaedic Associates perform minimally invasive neck procedures, such as a single-level discectomy, laminectomy, or cervical fusion. These procedures remove a damaged disc, decompress nerves, and stabilize your spine respectively.

You don’t need to put up with neck pain. Don’t wait to call Congress Orthopaedic Associates or schedule an appointment so you can get help for the pain.