Neck Pain Specialist

Lindsey Ross, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Lindsey Ross, MD

Neurosurgeon & Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon located in Los Angeles, CA

Over 30% of adults in the United States experience neck pain annually for at least a short time. If you can’t relieve your neck pain with ice, heat, and rest at home, Lindsey Ross, MD, offers specialty care for neck pain at her offices in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles and Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. To explore nonoperative treatments and possible surgeries for your neck pain, call Lindsey Ross, MD, for a consultation, or book online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

Which injuries and conditions cause neck pain?

Your neck has a complex spinal network of vertebral bones, nerves, muscles, and ligaments. Your neck supports the weight of your head and allows you to turn it from side to side and look up and down. 

A variety of different injuries can affect the structures in your neck and cause pain in the region, often accompanied by stiffness. They can also pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or weakness that radiates down your arm and into your hands. 

A few of the most common injuries and conditions that occur in the neck and can cause pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle and ligament strains
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tuberculosis and other infections
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory arthritic conditions

Neck pain can also stem from stress, anxiety, and other sources that have nothing to do with its musculoskeletal structure. 

How can I prevent neck pain?

Neck pain isn’t always preventable, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to avoid or minimize neck pain in the future. One of the most effective steps you can take is to improve your posture. If you spend lots of time hunched over a computer screen or a book, it’s important to be mindful of the position of your neck and back. 

You can also get neck pain because of your sleeping position. While you can’t stop yourself from rolling into a non-optimal position as you sleep, you can try to fall asleep in a position that supports your neck and that doesn’t place extra stress on certain neck muscles. 

How is neck pain treated?

Neck pain management and treatment is a specialty of Dr. Ross. She evaluates your neck with a physical exam and possible imaging tests or procedures in order to locate the damage causing your pain. Then, she designs an individualized treatment plan starting with noninvasive and nonoperative approaches first. 

For your neck pain treatment, she might recommend:

  • Rest
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections

If these approaches can’t effectively treat your neck pain, Dr. Ross may recommend motion preservation surgery or fusion surgery. Fusion surgery joins two vertebrae in your neck together to stop the two bones from moving and causing additional pain. However, fusion surgery can reduce the movement of your neck.

With motion preservation surgery, your neck doesn’t lose mobility. Dr. Ross performs disc replacement surgery to replace a faulty disc in your cervical spine and relieve neck pain. 

To explore treatments and services that ease the pain of a herniated disc, call Lindsey Ross, MD, or book a consultation online at either of her offices today.