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Neck Pain

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Neck pain can be extremely debilitating and is one of the most common reasons why people visit our Torrance neck pain doctor. When someone suffers from neck pain, they are often worried that something major could be wrong with their neck, back, or spine. It is understandable that these symptoms are worrisome and require the attention of a trained medical professional. Because there are so many potential causes of neck pain, it is important to see a neck specialist to figure out why and how the neck pain has developed. This will be an important step in making sure that the right treatment plan is developed. Depending on the exact cause of the neck pain, the treatment plan could vary.


Common Causes of Neck Pain

Like many other medical symptoms, there are a handful of common causes of neck pain. Depending on the exact cause, the necessary treatment is going to vary. Some of the most common reasons why someone might see our neck pain doctors at Coastal include:


  • Muscle Strain: One of the most common reasons why people might have neck pain is a muscle strain. The spine is supported by muscles on either side called the paraspinal muscles. In some cases, these muscles might become strained, leading to neck pain.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Another possible cause of neck pain is called degenerative disc disease. In this disease, the disc that provides a cushion for the spinal vertebrae starts to degrade. Without this cushion, the spine becomes irritated, leading to neck pain.
  • Osteoarthritis: People can also develop osteoarthritis in their neck which could lead to pain. Osteoarthritis in the neck can impact the bony vertebrae of the spine. This could also cause stiffness and back pain.
  • Radiculopathy: A radiculopathy is a problem with one of the nerves in the spine itself. This could occur when a nerve in the spinal cord becomes pinched or compressed, causing weakness or shooting pains that could manifest as neck pain.

These are only a few of the common causes of neck pain. In order to sort through these conditions, it is a good idea to seek the help of a trained medical professional..

Treatments to Help with Neck Pain Relief

  • Conservative treatment such as physical therapy
  • Heat, ice, and electrical stimulation
  • Steroid injections that can reduce inflammation in the neck and relieve pain
  • Pain injections that can help someone recover from neck pain more quickly
  • If surgery is necessary, we can provide minimally invasive spine surgery that can help alleviate symptoms with minimal risk

Different causes of neck pain will require different treatment plans, which is where our doctors can help.

Visit the Professionals at Coastal

There are multiple reasons why someone might have developed neck pain. Because of this, anyone who is looking for neck pain treatment in the Panhandle needs to seek the assistance of a trained and experienced back and neck pain physician.


At Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine, we take the time to listen to our patients and ensure that our treatment plan meets their needs. The families of the Panhandle have been trusting us to help treat their neck pain from the first day that we opened our doors in 2012. During that time, we have expanded our treatment capabilities and now have a wide range of tools at our disposal to help those in need. Our trained professionals are always standing by to help you and your family.


So, call us or email us today to schedule an appointment. Our dedicated treatment team is standing by to help you with your neck pain.

What Causes a Stiff Neck All of a Sudden?

Many people have experienced the frustration that comes with a stiff neck. Sometimes, people notice that they cannot move their neck all of a sudden, wondering how this issue developed seemingly out of nowhere.


A stiff neck often occurs when one of the muscles in the neck are overused, stretched too far, tense or strained. A stiff neck can present with a variety of additional symptoms including jaw pain, arm pain, shoulder pain, or even a headache. The body is a very complex and detailed organism. What is amazing is how everything is connected through different systems in the body. Due to this many times the actual pain you are feeling has a different source of the trauma. Determining this by experts that take the time and have expertise to consider different paths to outcomes and results is another detail that makes us unique in the area. These symptoms above, in addition to the stiff neck, can help our medical expert figure out why this medical condition developed. There are a few common causes that should be considered.


If a stiff neck occurs all of a sudden, it may be due to:


  • Falling or sudden impact that pushes the head to the side, such as sporting accident or car accident.
  • Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long period, such as holding a mobile phone with your neck and shoulder or looking downward at a mobile phone (called “text neck”)
  • Turning the head side to side repeatedly during an activity.
  • Sleeping at a bad angle or in a certain position.

The Common Causes of a Stiff Neck

Treatment options for a stiff neck are going to vary depending on the exact cause. In many cases, the stiff neck has developed as a result of the muscles tightening. Therefore, the treatment is going to focus on allowing these muscles to loosen. Over the counter treatment with rest, ice, and heat is often combined with medical therapy to help loosen these muscles. Having an integrated office as we do combines a Physical Therapist, Surgeons, and a PM&R Dr. that can all collaborate in real time for more complex cases. This is what shapes the Coastal Experience. For more information about what gives us a modern and unique approach for the panhandle visit the Coastal Experience .

Treatment Options for a Stiff Neck

  • Some people may develop a stiff neck because they slept in a slightly awkward or uncomfortable position, causing the muscles to tighten. When these muscles tighten, the neck will feel stiff.
  • Sudden impacts on the neck such as falls and contact during sports can lead to a stiff neck. In particular, falls on the shoulder that causes the neck to snap back and forth quickly will lead to a stiff neck.
  • A repeated turning of the head from side to side can also lead to a stiff neck. This may happen while swimming, particularly freestyle.
  • Those who have poor posture can also develop a stiff neck. Some jobs that involve looking at a computer or a phone for an extended period of time could cause the neck to stiffen.
  • Anxiety attacks can also cause someone to develop a stiff neck suddenly.

Without a doubt, everyone who presents with a stiff neck will have slightly different symptoms. With the help of a provider at Coastal Neurosurgery and Spine, the right diagnosis will be made and the treatment process can start.

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