Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Cervical Spine

Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates provides a full scope of orthopaedic services of the spine including:

Our group, of board certified experts, utilizes the most current and proven diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities to deliver the best care to our patients.

The cervical spine (neck region) is one of the most important and agile parts of your body. It begins at the base of the skull and consists of 7 bones separated by intervertebral discs that allow the spine to move freely. Common conditions affecting the cervical spine include:


Degeneration of the discs and facet joints can lead to pain and stiffness involving the neck or back. This condition can usually be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or injections.

Herniated Disc and Degeneration

Intervertebral discs in between the bones of the vertebrae help to cushion the bones and allow for smooth and painless movement. Symptoms can arise when part of the disc material begins to protrude, known as a disc herniation. Disc degeneration can cause similar symptoms. This condition can cause neck pain that radiates into the shoulder, arm, or hand. Associated symptoms include weakness or numbness in the shoulder, arm or hand. Treatment for a herniated or degenerated disc includes immobilization of the neck, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or surgery. The surgical treatment is based on the anatomy, goals, and symptoms of each patient.

Cervical Stenosis

As spinal degeneration occurs naturally with age, bone spurs may form and cause the spinal canal to become smaller. Bone spurs press on the spinal cord or nerve roots and cause symptoms similar to that of a herniated disc, except that the pressure is applied to the entire spinal cord. Pain can spread from the neck and back all the way down the arms and legs. It can also cause a loss of control and strength in the arms and legs. This is a more serious condition. The symptoms of spinal cord compression can become permanent. Symptomatic spinal cord compression usually requires surgical treatment.

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