Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults expected to suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. The prevalence of this pain also seems to be growing, making proper diagnosis and treatment all the more important. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has extensive experiencing identifying the root cause of your neck pain and providing treatment that lasts. If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults expected to suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. The prevalence of this pain also seems to be growing, making proper diagnosis and treatment all the more important. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has extensive experiencing identifying the root cause of your neck pain and providing treatment that lasts. If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

SImilar to back pain, there are a variety of potential causes for neck pain, and it?s not always easy to pinpoint yours. Some of the most common reasons you might experience neck pain include:

Muscle and ligament strains

Overuse of your neck muscles, including time spent stooped or hunched over a computer screen, can lead to muscle strains.

Age

Like your spine and other mobile parts of your body, your neck is comprised of a series of joints. Over time, these joints can weaken and deteriorate with age, leading to painful bone spurs.

Nerve compression

Herniated discs can affect the upper portion of your spine as well, compressing the nerves closer to your neck and causing pain.

Injuries

Traumatic injuries that affect your neck, such as whiplash, can damage muscle or even cause fractures in your neck.

Diseases

Some diseases can cause neck pain, such as arthritis affecting your neck or a cancerous growth near your upper spine.

Who is at risk for neck pain?

Aside from neck pain caused by traumatic injury, this pain is most associated with people with poor posture or work habits. Stooping over a work computer for hours on end or sleeping in a position that causes your neck to misalign with your back can quickly lead to strain and pain. It?s for this reason that office workers commonly suffer from neck pain.

Smokers are also at greater risk for neck pain, as smoking reduces blood flow throughout the spine. Over time, this can weaken and damage the neck and spine.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

The most common symptom of neck pain comes from holding your head in a particular position over a period of time. This pain can also make it difficult for you to move your head by causing muscle tightness and spasms. In some cases, you might even experience a headache.

How is neck pain treated?

Many cases of neck pain are temporary and usually resolve on their own with rest. If your pain is particularly great, Dr. Dennis might prescribe stronger pain-relieving medications or muscle relaxants to improve your mobility.

Many chronic cases of neck pain benefit from regular physical therapy as well. Dr. Dennis might prescribe physical therapy alongside initial medications to help ease you into your strengthening exercise routines.

Though neck pain rarely requires surgical intervention, Dr. Dennis might recommend this route if spinal cord compression or pressure on a nerve root causes your pain.

You don?t have to put up with neck pain for the sake of your job. Call the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, to schedule your consultation or book online.

Our Other Services

Back Pain

Back pain is the third most common reason people visit the doctor’s office, and it’s thought that nearly 80% of the world’s population will experience some form of back pain in their lives. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work, even though most cases of back pain are treatable or preventable. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has decades of experience in diagnosing and treating back pain, mixing the latest state-of-the-art treatment options with tried-and-true knowledge. If you suffer from back pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Herniated Disc

While we often associate herniated discs with pain and immobility, the condition is quite common, and many people with a herniated disc exhibit no symptoms. When a herniated disc is particularly severe, however, you might need medical attention to relieve pain and restore function. Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California has decades of experience treating spinal issues and can provide the spinal care you need to get you back on your feet. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Sciatica

It?s thought that up to 10% of back pain sufferers have sciatica, a condition caused when pressure or other conditions irritate the sciatic nerve. This pain can radiate along your hips and legs, disrupting your ability to move or even relax comfortably. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis offers fast, effective diagnosis and treatment for this common source of pain. If you think you suffer from sciatica, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book it online.

Our Services

N

Neck Pain

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults…

N

Back Pain

Back pain is the third most common reason people visit the doctor’s office, and it’s thought that nearly 80% of the world’s population…

N

Herniated Disc

While a severely herniated disc can hinder While we often associate herniated discs with pain and immobility, the condition…

N

Sciatica

It’s thought that up to 10% of back pain sufferers have sciatica, a condition caused when pressure or other conditions irritate…

Steven C. Dennis, MD

Same Day Appointments are Available.

Get in Touch

Phone: 949-546-7500

Fax: 949-644-9330

Day
Office Hours
Location

1501 Westcliff Dr., Suite 325 Newport Beach, CA 92660

Get in Touch

949-546-7500

949-644-9330

Day
Office Hours

1501 Westcliff Dr., Suite 325 Newport Beach, CA 92660