Cervical Conditions

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Cervical Conditions in Orange County

The cervical spine is made up of the first seven vertebrae in the spine, starting just below the skull and ends just above the thoracic spine. The cervical spine is more mobile that the other regions of the spine. The upper two vertebrae in the cervical spine, called the atlas and the axis, are the reasons our neck can rotate or move in so many directions.

While the cervical spine is very flexible, it is also highly at risk for injuries from sudden strong movement, such as whiplash. There is limited muscle support around the cervical area so sudden of the head and neck can cause damage to the bones, ligaments, or the arteries that carry blood to the brain.

Cervical disc degeneration is a common cause of neck pain. Cervical degenerative disc disease is much less common than disc degeneration in the lumbar spine because the neck generally is subjected to far less torque and force. Cervical conditions can come from degeneration spurred by injury to the cervical disc or from accumulated wear and tear on the disc.

Cervical Conditions General Symptoms

Depending on the conditions, symptoms for Cervical Spine Conditions can range from low-grade pain of a stiff neck, numbness, tingling, or even weakness in the neck, arms, or shoulders as a result of pinched or irritated nerves in the cervical area.

Types of Cervical Conditions

Cervical spondylosis is a general condition that occurs with aging and results in the weakening and drying out of the intervertebral discs in the neck. Read more »
A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue within or surrounding the spinal cord and spinal column. Read more »
A cervical fracture, commonly called a broken neck, is a catastrophic fracture of any of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck. Read more »
A herniated disc is a condition that can involve any part of the spine, but it most commonly occurs in the neck (cervical spine). Read more »
Neck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and the disks between the bones. Read more »
Radiculopathy refers to symptoms resulting from compression or irritation of the spinal nerve root at its point of connection to the spinal column. This injury can also be referred to as a pinched nerve. Read more »
Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Read more »
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the space for the spinal cord or nerve branches. More specifically, as the spine degenerates over time, it can lead to the formation of bone spurs. Read more »
Cervical spondylosis is a general condition that occurs with aging and results in the weakening and drying out of the intervertebral discs in the neck. Read more »

Suffering from Painful Cervical Spine Conditions or Neck Pain in Orange County?

Robert Louis, MD, a fellowship-trained Orange County Neurosurgeon, has particular expertise in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of Cervical Spine Conditions. For appointment, please call (949) 274-7336 or Contact Us.