Neck Pain Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

Whether it’s from spending too much time looking down at a screen or due to a traumatic injury, neck pain is a common problem. At Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, Victor Rafa, DC, Rona Palompo, DPT, and their team offer a full range of neck pain treatments, including medical, chiropractic, and physical therapy. If you have persistent or severe neck pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Your neck consists of a column of small vertebrae called the cervical spine. Intervertebral discs cushion your cervical spine and help it stay flexible, while ligaments and muscles support your head and provide a wide range of movement. Injury or damage to any of these structures can lead to neck pain.

The multidisciplinary team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. treats a wide range of problems that cause neck pain, including:

  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis Pinched nerve
  • Injury from a fall or car accident
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Muscle strain


Spending an extended period of time with your head in the same position, such as driving long distances or working at a computer all day, is a common cause of neck pain. Rarely, neck pain is due to cancer or meningitis.

When should I see a doctor for neck pain?

Most of the time, neck pain resolves with simple home treatment. If your neck pain persists for more than a week, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. You should call right away if your neck pain occurs suddenly or follows an injury, such as a car accident.

Other signs that your neck pain may require professional care include:

  • Severe pain
  • Headache
  • Pain that radiates into your shoulder or arm
  • Numbness or tingling in the arm
  • Muscle weakness in the shoulder or arm


Their expert team diagnoses the specific cause of your neck pain and develops an individualized treatment plan.

What neck pain treatments are available?

The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. offers a full range of conservative treatment options for all types of neck pain. In addition to treating neck pain, they also teach you how to avoid it in the future.

Depending on your needs, treatment for neck pain may include one or more of the following:

  • Medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point injections
  • Massage therapy


Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy They also offer cervical spine decompression for disc injuries and facet joint compressions. If you experience neck pain, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc., or book an appointment online today for expert integrative care.