Neck pain can spread up into your head and cause headaches, or down into your shoulders or arms, causing significant discomfort in more ways than one. If you have neck pain, Joseph Hadi, MD, of California Pain Institute in Encino, California, can help. Dr. Hadi is a double board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine who provides effective treatment solutions for neck pain to help you avoid the need for surgery. Call California Pain Institute today to find out more or book an appointment online.
There are numerous potential causes of neck pain. Your neck is flexible, which means you can move your head into all sorts of positions quickly and easily.
On the other hand, your neck doesn’t have the support the rest of your spine enjoys, yet it’s supporting the surprisingly heavy weight of your head.
For these reasons, neck injuries and tissue degeneration are common in the neck, causing both acute and chronic pain. Nerve compression, or radiculopathy, is also a common feature of neck pain, causing unpleasant tingling, burning, or prickling sensations that typically affect the arms.
As well as pain and tingling, neck damage can also lead to loss of function and, in severe cases, paralysis. Falls and other accidents can cause neck pain and injury, and whiplash is a common occurrence in car accidents. Sports injuries also frequently affect the neck, as well.
Conditions that can cause neck pain include:
Cervical spinal stenosis can even cause symptoms of sciatica in the lower back and legs, as well as neck pain.
Dr. Hadi begins by reviewing your medical history and discussing your current symptoms. He then gives you a thorough physical exam.
He tests how well you can move your neck, your responses to nerve stimulation, and your reflexes. This can help determine where the pain is coming from.
Diagnostic tests can also be valuable in isolating the cause of neck pain and assessing injuries or the degree of degeneration. Tests you might need include:
Once you know what’s causing your neck pain, you can start on a program of treatment that Dr. Hadi personalizes for your precise needs.
If your neck pain is due to soft tissue damage, rest and gentle therapeutic exercises might be all you need. Wearing a soft collar can also help some patients by relieving any compression and helping protect the neck while it’s healing.
For chronic conditions like facet arthropathy and cervical stenosis, you might need additional forms of treatment. Some of the approaches Dr. Hadi uses for neck pain include:
Acute injuries that aren’t healing as quickly as they should can also benefit from these interventions.
To get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your neck pain and the most effective treatments, call California Pain Institute today, or book an appointment online.