NECK PAIN

Understanding Neck pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact your daily life, making even simple movements painful and difficult. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we specialize in diagnosing and treating neck pain with advanced, personalized treatments. Our team is committed to helping individuals in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area find effective relief and improve their quality of life.
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Why Does Neck Pain Occur?

Neck pain can arise from various causes, often related to the muscles, nerves, bones, or joints of the cervical spine. Common issues include muscle strains from poor posture or overuse, nerve compression from herniated discs or bone spurs, arthritis affecting the neck joints, and injuries such as whiplash. Understanding the specific cause of your neck pain is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan.

Don't let neck pain control your life. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we are equipped to diagnose the cause of your discomfort and guide you through a personalized treatment pathway. Schedule a consultation today to take the first step toward reclaiming your comfort and mobility.

Types and Management of Neck Pain

Neck pain can manifest as a sharp pain when moving, a constant dull ache, or even radiating pain into the shoulders and arms. Initial management usually involves conservative treatments such as rest, applying heat or ice, and over-the-counter pain medications. For more persistent or severe pain, additional therapies may be necessary, including physical therapy, prescription medications, and in some cases, surgical interventions.

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Common Causes of Neck Pain

  • Sprains and Strains: Often resulting from overstretching or tearing of muscles and ligaments.
  • Herniated Discs: Occurring when the soft interior of spinal discs bulges through a tear in the disc's exterior.
  • Osteoarthritis: A degenerative joint disease that wears down the cushioning between joints.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joints.
  • Spinal Stenosis: A narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can compress the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: The breakdown of discs in the spine leading to pain, weakness, or numbness.
  • Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerves): Nerve irritation or compression in the neck, which can cause pain, numbness, or tingling sensations that radiate down the arm.
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Common Treatment Options for Neck Pain

Physical Therapy

Techniques like stretching, strengthening exercises, and manual therapy can help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

Medications

NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, and in severe cases, corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain.

Interventional Procedures

For severe or chronic conditions, treatments like radiofrequency ablation or cervical epidural steroid injections may be employed.

Surgery

Surgical options are considered when other treatments have failed to relieve pain or in cases of significant anatomical damage.
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How to Avoid Neck Pain

Preventive measures include maintaining good posture, taking regular breaks from prolonged positions, and using ergonomic devices at workstations. Diagnosing neck pain involves a thorough physical examination, possibly accompanied by imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to identify the underlying causes.

If you're experiencing neck pain in the Pasadena or greater Los Angeles area, don't let it disrupt your life. Contact Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles to schedule a consultation. Our experts are ready to provide you with personalized care to address your pain and help you return to a comfortable, active lifestyle.

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Neck Pain Treatment Options At Spine & Pain Institute LA

At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we offer a variety of treatments tailored to the specific needs of our patients.

Specialized Treatments Offered:
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator 
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator 
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Caudal Epidural Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator 
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator 
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection

How to Manage Neck Pain

  • Pain Relief: Use over-the-counter NSAIDs to reduce inflammation or stronger prescription medications for intense pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Incorporate stretching, strengthening exercises, and manual therapy to enhance mobility and ease discomfort.
  • Heat and Cold Therapy: Apply cold packs to reduce inflammation and numb pain, or heat to relax stiff muscles and improve circulation.
  • Posture Correction: Adjust posture regularly, ensuring ergonomic setups at work and during daily activities to minimize neck strain.
  • Stress Management: Employ relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation to alleviate muscle tension exacerbated by stress.
  • Rest and Movement: Balance rest with gentle neck exercises to maintain flexibility without overstraining the muscles.
  • Ergonomic Adjustments: Use ergonomic furniture and tools to support proper posture and reduce neck pain.
  • Regular Breaks: Take frequent breaks from prolonged sitting or standing to stretch and adjust posture, preventing stiffness and pain.
  • Alternative Therapies: Consider acupuncture or other non-traditional therapies to provide additional pain relief.

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Don’t let neck pain hold you back from enjoying life. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, our expert team is dedicated to providing you with the most advanced and effective treatments available. We understand the impact that neck pain can have on your life, and we are here to help.

Schedule Your Consultation Today to explore personalized treatment options tailored specifically for you. Whether you need physical therapy, medication management, or innovative interventional procedures, we are committed to helping you achieve lasting relief.
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