Neck pain (cervical pain) consists of stiffness, spasms, and discomfort in your neck. Prolonged neck pain can be debilitating in your daily life. In some cases, there is an underlying disease that causes the pain.

Cervical pain can be caused by:

  • Disc degeneration
  • Narrowed spinal canal
  • Meningitis
  • Arthritis
  • Poor posture

There are many causes of cervical pain. It’s important to see a highly qualified surgeon to pinpoint the specific conditions you are suffering from.

You may have a cervical spine condition if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Limited neck mobility

It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible so that Dr. Lin can properly address the problem before it progresses.

Treatments

Each patient requires a unique treatment plan. No two conditions affect a person’s body exactly the same. In our Tustin, Fountain Valley and Anaheim locations, Dr. Lin takes a patient-centered approach that minimizes pain and discomfort.

There are several non-surgical treatments for cervical spine conditions. Some conditions must be managed for comfort but cannot be cured. Others will resolve over time with proper medical care.

Surgery may be necessary if your condition is severe and progressive. There are several types of approaches which may be used.

Dr. Lin takes the “anterior approach” for cervical surgery. Instead of operating through the back of the neck, he works from the front. Dr. Lin specializes in the anterior approach to reduce risks and discomfort for patients.

The anterior approach reduces the risk of infection from bacteria around the hairline. It also requires less muscle severance, which means less pain for you during recovery. You have better blood circulation in the front of your neck, which allows anterior incisions to heal with greater ease.

Dr. Lin will exhaust non-surgical avenues of treatment before resorting to surgery. He is a skilled physician known throughout Orange County that delivers all treatments with precision and care. Dr. Lin will work with you to determine what is causing your neck pain.

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