Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your workbench at home. Wear-and-tear arthritis also is a common cause of neck pain. Neck pain is a feeling of discomfort between the jaw and shoulders. The sensation may be described as a stiffness, ache, or soreness or as pain that is sharp, dull, or radiating.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain may be due to a disorder in the cervical vertebrae (C1-C7), intervertebral discs, ligaments, spinal nerves (cervical plexus, C1-C5 or brachial plexus, C6-C8), muscles, tendons, blood vessels, glands, and structures in the throat. Neck pain can also be a symptom of a condition arising outside the neck.

The most common causes of neck pain arising from neck structures are sports injuries, auto accidents (whiplash), compression of the spinal cord or nerves by spinal stenosis or disc herniation, muscle overuse or misuse, spasm (torticollis), carotid artery disease, and bone or joint degeneration (osteoporosis, arthritis). Less common causes include masses (tumors, blood clots, or cysts), infections in the cervical spine (osteomyelitis, discitis, shingles), parotid gland or throat, and diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis or Paget’s.

Causes of neck pain arising outside the neck include infections in the ears or central nervous system (such as meningitis and poliomyelitis), headache or migraine, and systemic disorders such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatic (pain in many muscles). Neck pain can also be a symptom of heart attack, brain aneurysm, or subarachnoid hemorrhage.

How is neck pain diagnosed and treated?

Neck pain is evaluated by obtaining a thorough history, including any traumatic injuries or surgeries involving the neck. The symptom history and physical exam should include a complete description of the onset, duration, and nature of pain in the neck, face, or head; of any changes in sensation (such as numbness or tingling, dizziness or lightheadedness, tenderness to touch); and of any changes in function (muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, abnormal movements).

Studies may include X-rays, CT, MRI, and specialized imaging; electromyography and nerve conduction; and laboratory evaluations for infection or other systemic causes of neck pain.

When neck pain is the only symptom and function remains normal, it is treated with analgesic medications and muscle relaxants. Physical measures such as an exercise prescription, ultrasound, massage, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture may be prescribed. Neck pain associated with loss of function or due to a mass or infection typically must be treated surgically. 

Depending on the location and nature of the problem and numerous other factors, your doctor may choose an anterior or posterior approach; each has notable risks as well as potential benefits.

Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Consult the doctors at Integrated Pain Management if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands, or if you’re experiencing shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm.

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PRP Stem Cell Theraphy

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Headache

Besides treating headache,
Dr. Roofian specializes in treating cervicogenic headaches, a head pain that originates in the neck.

Shoulder Pain

Dr. Roofian offers a variety of treatment solutions designed to treat your temporary or chronic shoulder pain at its source.

Herniated Disk

Dr. Roofian performs a physical exam, evaluates your symptoms & may recommend a digital imaging scan to rule out conditions.

IV Ketamine Infusion Treatment

Dr. Roofian designs individualized treatment protocols based on the nature of your pain and your responsiveness to initial sessions.

Knee Pain

Dr. Roofian is a pain management specialist offering knee pain treatments for men and women of all ages in Beverly Hills, Tarzana, and Chula Vista, California.

Lower Back Pain

Dr. Roofian reviews your personal and family medical history, discusses your pain, and performs a physical examination to reach an accurate diagnosis.

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Shawn Roofian, MD, Beverly Hills, CA
Phone (appointments): 310-926-4922 | Phone (general inquiries): 310-926-4922
Address: 8500 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 105, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Shawn Roofian, MD, Tarzana, CA
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Address: 19228 Ventura Blvd, Suite A, Tarzana, CA 91356

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