Cervical Spine Conditions Treated at SCCNS

Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine (SCCNS)
Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine (SCCNS)


Ali Mesiwala, MD, possesses more than 12 years of neurosurgical experience in California, and currently serves as chief of the departments of surgery and neurological surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at the center, since 2005 Dr. Ali Mesiwala has worked as the director of neurological surgery at the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine (SCCNS), located within St. Bernardine.

Specializing in minimally invasive spinal and cranial surgery, SCCNS is responsible for highly complex procedures that treat movement disorders, those of the skull base, and peripheral nerves. In addition to their surgical offerings, SCCNS also employs specialists in other disciplines who can design non-surgical pain management or physical therapy treatment options.

The following are just three of the many cervical spine conditions which can be treated at SCCNS:

– Brachial Plexus injury: These injuries occur when the nerve network responsible for sending signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand have been stretched or torn, generally following a violent extension of the muscles between the head and shoulder. Often, these injuries occur while playing sports such as football or jiu jitsu. Vehicle accidents may also cause this injury.

– Cervical Spondylosis: Though this injury generally occurs in individuals over 55 years of age, the recent rise in sedentary desk jobs is causing it to appear more often in younger people. Cervical spondylosis may be caused by a previous neck injury or long-term deterioration of the cervical spine. Symptoms include numbness to the upper and lower extremities, and chest pain.

– Failed Neck Syndrome: Patients who have undergone a previous back or neck surgery may experience failed neck syndrome if the procedure was not successful. This could be due to failure of the surgery to fix the initial condition, the development of tissue scarring, or the malfunction of an implanted device.


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