Chronic pain in the neck can make a person’s life miserable.
It may include limited range of motion, also known as a stiff neck. When neck pain involves the nerves, there may be numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms or hands.
Dr. Roy Nini performs non-operative treatments to help neck injuries heal and to manage acute and chronic neck pain in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. At Full Range Spine & Ortho, you can expect compassionate, comprehensive care, persistence in treatment, and an individually-tailored treatment plan.
About Neck Pain
The structures of the neck include muscles, nerves, vertebrae, and the discs separating the vertebrae. Neck pain can begin in any of these structures. It may also originate in another area of the body near the neck, such as the head, jaw, shoulders, back, or upper arms.
Neck pain can be caused by muscle strain or tension from poor posture or activities such as bending over a desk for an extended period of time. When it involves tingling, numbness, or weakness in the limbs, there may be a muscle spasm or slipped disc pinching or pressing on a nerve.
The cervical spine (neck area) is frequently injured in contact sports, such as football or rugby. Sports injuries, auto accidents, falls, and other types of trauma can cause serious injuries to the neck, including whiplash, fractured vertebrae, and injury to the blood vessels. Herniated disc, arthritis, and other medical conditions can also lead to chronic neck pain and stiffness.
What Symptoms Do Patients Experience with Neck Problems?
If your neck has been injured or strained, you may feel stiffness, a knot in your neck, or severe pain. You may have a headache, and the pain in your neck may spread to your upper back, shoulders, or arms.
It may be difficult to turn or move your head. You may experience weakness, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands. If there is pressure on a spinal nerve root (which branch out from either side of the spinal cord and join to form the spinal nerves), you may experience shooting pain down your arm.
When to See a Doctor for Neck Pain?
Minor neck strain usually can be treated with homecare options such as:
- Heat and ice
- Slow range-of-motion exercises
- Massage of the painful areas
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
However, you should seek medical attention for neck pain right away if:
- Symptoms do not go away in one week
- Neck pain was caused by trauma – a blow, fall, or injury
- Pain does not subside with regular doses of over-the-counter pain medication
- You have difficulty swallowing or breathing in addition to neck pain
- You are experiencing numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand or arm
Interventional Treatments for Neck Pain
We focus on conservative care and effective treatments for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:
- Physical therapy
- Stem cell therapy
- Conservative care
FULLRANGE SPINE & ORTHO
The most appropriate treatments for you will depend on the cause, nature, and severity of your neck pain.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nini at Full Range Spine & Ortho in Los Angeles or Beverly hills to receive a custom-tailored neck pain treatment plan.