Neck pain results from a number of diseases and disorders including spine injury, wear and tear of tissues, bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles, holding your head in an unnatural position for a long time, and poor body mechanisms. Acute neck pain is intense and sharp that may radiate to the head, shoulder, arms, and down to the spine and legs.

Acute neck pain starts suddenly and goes away within a few days with physical therapy and other self-care measures. However, chronic neck pain lasts for more than 3 months and progressively worsens, especially when performing certain activities. People with chronic symptoms must seek prompt medical attention to relieve neck pain.

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    Following are some of the most commonly observed symptoms of neck pain due to a spine injury:

    • Shoulder pain
    • Headaches
    • Arm numbness and tingling
    • Sharp shooting pain in the neck
    • Muscle tightness and spasms


    A careful diagnostic evaluation will help to determine the type of underlying cause of the neck pain. Your doctor will move your neck, and check muscle strength and reflexes to locate the pain. They may also order the following tests for an accurate diagnosis:

    • X-Ray
    • CT Scan
    • MRI
    • Discography
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    Treatment for acute neck pain is often non-surgical. Physical exercises, massages, heat pads, and other traditional measures help to relieve neck pain. However, more serious conditions may require intensive treatment such as surgery to relieve pain and discomfort. Surgeries for neck pain include:

    • Anterior cervical corpectomy with fusion
    • Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion
    • Posterior cervical foraminotomy
    • Artificial disc replacement
    • Laminectomy
    • Laminoplasty

    Why Choose Us?

    Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery offers advanced nonsurgical spine treatments and minimally invasive spine surgeries to treat neck pain. Our Neurosurgeon Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe treats various spine conditions, including degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, and other cervical spine complications.


    Advanced diagnostic methods


    State-of-the-art technology


    Minimally Invasive Surgeries


    Patient-centered approach


    Recovery with less downtime


    Outstanding patient care

    For more information, call us at (213) 369-4583 or visit our office in Los Angeles today.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is surgery necessary for neck pain relief?

    No, you can relieve neck pain with self-care and traditional measures. Surgery is required in case of an injury to the cervical bone or any other spinal condition.

    What if neck pain is left untreated?

    If neck pain is left untreated or treatment is delayed for a long time, it can lead to secondary conditions. Untreated neck pain can even lead to degenerative disc disease. The neck muscles may become stiff and pain will radiate to the shoulders and arms.

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