Neck Pain Specialist

Susan Gutierrez, MD

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in San Ramon, CA

Poor posture, inadequate sleeping positions, and whiplash injuries are common contributors to neck pain. If you have neck pain that lasts for a long time without relief, Susan Gutierrez, MD, and her team at her private practice in San Ramon, California, specialize in neck pain management. To find an effective treatment for neck pain relief, call Susan Gutierrez, MD, or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q&A

What are some common causes of neck pain?

There are many conditions and injuries associated with neck pain, and getting an accurate diagnosis can lead you to the best possible treatment. Within your neck is your cervical spine, as well as muscles and ligaments. Any of these can become injured or develop damage because of an underlying condition. 

Susan Gutierrez, MD, can help you manage neck pain from:

  • Muscle strains
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated cervical disc
  • Fibromyalgia

In many cases, neck pain starts after a whiplash injury or develops over time because of the strain that comes with poor posture. Whether your neck pain comes from an acute injury or a long-term complication, Dr. Gutierrez can help you manage it and reduce stiffness. 

When should I book an appointment for neck pain?

Not all cases of neck pain need treatment or even a diagnosis. For example, you might sleep in an awkward position one night and wake up with neck pain the next day. In a case like this, neck pain isn’t likely to last more than a day. You should consider booking an appointment to address your neck pain if it’s severe or appears after a traumatic injury. 

Sometimes, neck pain comes with other symptoms that could indicate a serious underlying complication. You should also book an appointment if you get a fever with your neck pain, if your neck pain radiates into other areas, or if you have a visible lump or deformity in your neck. 

Which treatments should I consider for neck pain?

Susan Gutierrez, MD, offers a number of advanced treatments to help control neck pain and stiffness. She recommends treatments based on your official diagnosis, your general health, and your personal preferences. 

In order to treat your neck pain, Dr. Gutierrez recommends one or more of the following conservative treatment options:

  • Epidural injections
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Facet blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Dr. Gutierrez describes your treatment plan and how to prepare for it. You might need to schedule follow-up visits to track your progress or try additional treatments if necessary. 

Neck pain and stiffness can affect your work and your sleep. To explore neck pain treatments and services, call Susan Gutierrez, MD, or request an appointment online today.