Neck pain is a common problem that can severely affect your ability to function at home, work, and significantly reduce your quality of life. If you are suffering from neck pain, we can help! At his practice in Irvine and Newport Beach, California, Dr. Jankowski specializes in treating patients who have neck pain that is not responding to conservative treatment methods. Find out more about the advanced treatments available for neck pain by calling Dr. Jankowski today or by booking an appointment online.
The vertebral bodies encase the spinal cord to provide protection. When stacked on top of each other, they form the spinal column which provides stability for the head and upper body. The spinal cord and the nerve exits are located within the spinal canal.
The intervertebral discs are located between the vertebral bodies. These discs cushion shock forces, acting as “shock absorbers”. The discs in conjunction with the vertebral joints facilitate motion by turning, stretching and bending of the neck.
Degenerative changes of the spine occur from natural aging associated with pathological changes of the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, ligaments and vertebral joints. These changes can greatly limit both the mobility and stability of the spine. One of the most frequent causes of neck pain is nerve compression. Arthritis, for instance, can cause the growth of bone spurs, which press on the nerves and cause pain and other symptoms like numbness or tingling.