Complete Care for Neck Conditions & Injuries
Damage to the muscle, spinal discs, tendons, ligaments, nerves or vertebrae in the neck can cause neck problems. Dignity Health offers unparalleled orthopedic care for neck conditions and injuries in the Bay Area at the following convenient locations:
- Dominican Hospital
- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
- Sequoia Hospital
- St. Mary’s Medical Center
Common neck problems we treat include:
- Neck fracture (cervical vertebrae)
- Neck sprain
- Pinched nerve
- Spondylosis, or arthritis in the neck
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What Causes Neck Conditions & Injuries?
There are many causes of neck conditions and injuries. The main cause of neck injuries is trauma — often as the result of car accidents, falls, and sports-related blows. Common injuries caused by trauma include whiplash, a broken neck, and neck sprain. Other neck conditions, including pinched nerves and spondylosis, are the result of degenerative disease in the spine.
Signs & Symptoms of Neck Conditions & Injuries
Neck conditions and injuries present a variety of symptoms that depend on the specific problem. Most neck conditions and injuries involve some level of neck pain. This pain often spreads to the head, shoulders, jaw, or upper arms.
Other symptoms can include:
- Decreased ability to move the head
- Muscle tightness in the neck
- Neck muscle spasms
- Numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of sensation in the arms and hands
You should quickly find medical care if neck pain or other symptoms are from an accident.
Treatment & Prevention of Neck Conditions & Injuries
Your treatment options at Dignity Health in the Bay Area will depend on the specific type of neck condition or injury. Our orthopedic specialists can often treat neck problems with nonsurgical techniques, such as applying a soft collar or brace and prescribing anti-inflammatory medicines or muscle relaxants.
Other treatments for neck conditions and injuries include:
- Corticosteroid injections
Hot and cold therapy
- Neck traction
- Physical therapy
To prevent neck injuries, use proper body mechanics and avoid overuse of your neck. You should also always use your seatbelt and wear protective equipment when participating in sports activities.
Tired of neck pain? Request a doctor referral by calling (844) 387-6324 today.
Dignity Health offers complete orthopedic care for a range of common neck conditions and injuries in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.