The neck is made up of many structures, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, spinal discs, and vertebrae. If one or more of these areas is damaged, neck conditions and injuries can occur. Common neck problems include neck sprain, pinched nerve, whiplash, neck fracture, and spondylosis (arthritis in the neck).
Neck pain can be frustrating and interfere with your daily activities. Dignity Health Southern California is here to help. Find a Doctor online to treat your neck conditions and injuries in Southern California.
For a serious neck injury or trauma, call 911 for immediate medical attention.
Neck Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of neck conditions and injuries vary, depending on the type and severity of the problem.
Primary symptoms of neck injuries include:
- Muscle tightness
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty with full range of motion
- Loss of sensation in the arms and hands
People with chronic or acute neck pain may feel like the pain is radiating from the neck to the head, jaw, shoulders, and upper arms.
If you would like a diagnosis of your symptoms, see a doctor at Dignity Health Southern California. You can find quality orthopedic care at these hospital locations:
Neck Injury Causes
Trauma is the most common cause of neck conditions and injuries. The type of damage that can result in a broken neck, whiplash, or neck sprain can be caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports-related injuries. Neck conditions like pinched nerves and spondylosis are caused by degenerative disease in the spine.
Treatment for Neck Injuries at Dignity Health Southern California
For milder neck problems, treatment may involve wearing a brace or soft collar and taking anti-inflammatory medicines. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants as well. Helpful therapies for neck injury may include massage, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy, and corticosteroid shots. For more complex problems, neck injury treatment may include minimally invasive neck surgery.
The best way to prevent a neck injury is by wearing protective gear while playing sports and in other potentially dangerous situations. When driving, wear your seatbelt. If you need lift something heavy, use proper body mechanics to protect your neck muscles.
Every part of your well-being is important to our orthopedics team. Make an appointment today for personal care for your neck problem in Southern California.
Dignity Health delivers the latest diagnostic care and personalized treatment for all types of chronic neck conditions and neck injuries in Southern California.