Neck Pain Specialist

Kenneth Light, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in San Leandro, CA

When patients from in and around San Francisco, California, suffer from neck pain, Dr. Kenneth Light offers surgical procedures to correct the cervical spine and provide pain relief.

Neck Pain Q & A

What Causes Neck Pain?

Neck pain is caused by a variety of conditions, including disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal canal, arthritis, cancer, or meningitis. A patient’s age, an injury, poor posture, or disease can cause degeneration and pain. Neck pain is becoming more common as more people spend hours hunched over their smartphones or tablets, which causes strain and can cause misalignment or damage to the vertebrae in the neck. The condition causing a patient’s pain will need to be diagnosed by a trained physician. You should make an appointment if your neck pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or headache accompanies the pain
  • The chin cannot be lowered to the chest
  • Shooting pains down one arm
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms or hands
  • Pain doesn’t recede with the use of over-the-counter painkillers
  • No improvement after a week

When Is Surgery Necessary to Treat Neck Pain?

Neck or cervical spine surgery is a potential treatment when there is a specific injury or disease that affects the cervical vertebrae, discs, nerves, connective tissue, or muscles that are associated with the cervical spine. The necessity for surgery, including which specific procedure is needed, is often determined by the level of disc disease and the pressure being placed on the spinal cord or nerve roots. The patient’s age, the length of time he or she has suffered with the condition, if other medical conditions are present, and if the patient has had cervical spine surgery before are all factors to consider.

What Types of Surgical Procedures Are Used to Treat Neck Pain?

A few different surgical procedures could be used, including cervical decompression, cervical corpectomy, and cervical spinal instrumentation. In some situations, spinal fusion may be used to stabilize and strengthen the spine. A fusion procedure could include the installation of devices like screws or plates to enhance the support.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept assignment on all Medicare patients, participating provider organizations (PPO), and Workers' Compensation. However, some insurance companies do cover the doctors' services as an out of network provider.

As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance company for you if you have provided us with the insurance name, policy numbers, address, place of employment and any other pertinent information. You are responsible for all deductibles, co-pays, and charges not covered by your insurance. Failure to submit payment for your portion of your bill may result in referring your account to a collection agency. All co-payments will be collected at the time of service.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Molina Healthcare
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
United Health Care
United Healthcare PPO