Neck Pain

Neck pain can be due to muscle strains from poor posture or injury. Daily activities can also contribute to neck pain such as working on computers at home or at work or bad posture during sleep. Aging, wear-and-tear and arthritis are also common cause of neck pain. Seek medical care if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands or if you’re experiencing shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm

If you are suffering from chronic or severe neck pain, we urge you to see a neck pain specialist at ONE® Brain & Spine Center® for consultation. While it may not be life-threatening, the pain may be debilitating and negatively impact your life. Call (949) 383-4190 to schedule an appointment.

Several causes can contribute to neck pain:

  • Muscle strain
  • Wear and tear of joints
  • Nerve compression
  • Disease
  • Injuries/Accidents

Neck pain can range from severe to discomfort or disabling pain, depending on the extent of neck muscle strain resulting from bad posture or injury.

General lower back pain symptoms:

  • Difficulty moving that can be severe enough to prevent walking or standing
  • Pain that does not radiate down the leg
  • Pain that moves around to the groin, upper thigh
  • Achy and dull pain
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Sore spot

Spine condition lower back pain symptoms:

  • Steady pain
  • More pain in the foot or leg than in the lower back
  • Pain is commonly felt on one side of the the buttock or leg only
  • Escalated pain after long periods of standing or sitting
  • Relieve burning or tingling pain
  • May be accompanied by weakness
  • Numbness or difficulty moving the foot or leg

The clinical diagnosis for neck pain is usually arrived at through a combination of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam. Imaging studies (MRI, CT-myelogram) are used to confirm the diagnosis and will typically show underlying cause of neck pain, which could be from a diseases, bone fracture, muscle tear or impingement on the nerve root.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – MRI shows the soft tissues of the body and gives clearer picture of the discs, nerves and soft tissues in the lower back.
  • Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)with Myelogram- Combined CT scan and myleography produces image that clearly show both the bone structures of the spine and the nerve structures
  • Electromyography (EMG)- Your neurosurgeon may request for EMG to determine if you have pinched nerves, which involves inserting very fine needles through your skin into a muscle to determine if nerves are functioning properly.
  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture)- To test for meningitis, a spinal tap is conducted. A needle is carefully inserted into your spine to obtain a sample of the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord.

Most patient with neck pain responds well with therapy or non-surgical treatments. medications, therapy, exercises, rest, home-care or chiropractic manipulations. But when neck pain persists, your ONE® Brain & Spine Center® neurosurgeon may recommend minimally invasive surgical intervention.

Non-Surgical Treatments

  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy, streatching or exercises
  • Rest
  • Chiropractic manipulations
  • Alternative medicine (acupuncture or massage)
  • Steroid injection