Neck Pain Specialist

Arash Noor, DC, CCSP, CSCS, EMT-R -  - Chiropractor

BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

Arash Noor, DC, CCSP, CSCS, EMT-R

Chiropractor & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

Imagine balancing a 12-pound bowling ball on the tips of your fingers all day long. That’s just one of the many things your neck does every day. But even the smallest deviation in the relationship between the 7 bones in your neck can cause pain and reduced head and neck mobility. Neck pain is common, and BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in Los Angeles is dedicated to helping patients get to the root of the problem.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is considered a musculoskeletal disorder. Because your neck is one of the most nerve-rich areas of your spine, neck problems can lead to problems throughout your body. Lower back problems can also cause the bones in your neck, also known as your cervical spine, to compensate by shifting off-center, which can cause neck pain as well as headaches. Muscle strain is one of the most common causes of neck pains: Spending too many hours hunched over your computer, craning your head forward to look at your phone, or reading in bed can strain neck muscles. Other common causes of neck pain include:

  • Worn joints, which may be caused by osteoarthritis
  • Nerve compression, which may be brought on by herniated discs
  • Injuries, such as whiplash
  • Certain disease, including meningitis or rheumatoid arthritis

Chronic stress is often an overlooked culprit. Ever hear of something being a “pain in the neck?” Frustration, anger, or fear can trigger the tightening of neck muscles without you even being aware that it’s happening. Over time, this can lead to painful muscle spasms.

What are the symptoms?

Minor neck and shoulder pain involve sensations of discomfort, stiffness, or soreness. Neck pain often gets worse when you hold your head in the same position for long stretches, such as when you’re working at a computer, riding a bike, or driving. You may also experience tight muscles or muscle spasms, headaches, and a decreased range of motion when turning your head.  

If your symptoms are severe, last longer than a day or occur frequently, are accompanied by a headache, tingling, or numbness, or were preceded by an accident or some type of injury, your problem may be serious, and you should call Dr. Noor right away.

How can I help myself?

Working with Dr. Noor allows you to address the underlying issues behind your neck pain so you can recover fully and resume normal activities. You’ll be able to stay on top of your recovery and help yourself avoid future neck problems by making a few small lifestyle changes:      

  • Work to maintain good posture
  • Continue to do any exercises you learned during treatment
  • Avoid too much stress, or practice relaxation techniques
  • Take regular breaks from prolonged activities, such as sitting at a desk
  • Avoid using too many pillows when you sleep
  • Have your eyesight checked if you tend to lean in while reading