Chiropractic care is a highly effective, non-surgical treatment for neck pain and related symptoms. If you suffer from neck pain, you know how much of a hindrance it can cause in your everyday life. At BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, our highly skilled neck pain specialist in Los Angeles understands the importance of your physical and overall health. We are experts in treating a wide range of neck pain conditions, ranging from osteoarthritis, herniated discs, whiplash injuries, and other diseases such as meningitis or rheumatoid arthritis.
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.
What is the Process Like?
When visiting our office for neck pain, Dr. Arash Noor will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your spine as a whole. This is because other areas besides your neck (cervical), may be affected as well, which may include your mid back (thoracic) and back (lumbar). Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, Dr. Noor will also educate you on stress management, lifestyle goals, and other factors that will play a role in the longevity of your results from treatment. Additionally, Dr. Noor will determine the areas of restricted movement and will examine the way you walk, as well as your posture and spinal alignment. This helps your chiropractor understand your body’s mechanics.
Another important step in the assessment is going through your medical history, which may or may not require imaging tests, such as an x-ray or MRI to help get an accurate diagnosis.
Once an accurate diagnosis has been determined, your chiropractor will be able to come up with an effective treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. In addition, your chiropractor will be able to rule out a condition that may require surgery. If surgery is necessary, then you will likely be referred to a spine surgeon.
Whatever the case is, it is always important to seek help from a reputable chiropractor in Los Angeles, such as Dr. Noor at BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine. To schedule a consultation, contact our team today!
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
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Consultation
If you suffer from neck pain, it is important that you seek help from a neck pain specialist in Los Angeles as soon as possible. Avoiding treatment can result in worsening of the pain and the overall condition. Our team will work hard to determine the cause of your condition and come up with an effective treatment plan that will have lasting results. To schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our friendly team today!