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Neck Pain

Neck Pain services offered in the greater Pasadena, CA area

Everyone experiences neck pain occasionally, but if your symptoms last for more than a few days, don’t wait to seek treatment. At Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, California, the team offers various minimally invasive treatments for neck pain. A combination of chiropractic care, massage, and at-home exercises can reduce inflammation and speed up your body’s healing process. Call Health Advantage Physical Medicine today to schedule treatment for neck pain, or book your appointment online. 

Neck Pain Q & A

When should I see a physical medicine specialist about neck pain?

Make an appointment at Health Advantage Physical Medicine if you have neck pain lasting over a few days and don’t improve with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication. That’s particularly true if the pain extends into your shoulders and arms or prevents you from work and exercise.

The team members at Health Advantage Physical Medicine offer more than a decade of experience diagnosing and treating neck pain using a minimally invasive and holistic approach.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain symptoms include:

  • Pain that’s worse in certain positions, like lying down or sitting at a computer
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • Decreased ability to move your head
  • Headache

You might experience tingling or numbness in your shoulders or arms, depending on the underlying cause. 

How does a physical medicine specialist diagnose neck pain?

Your practitioner reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if certain activities like driving or sitting at a computer make them worse. 

A physical exam follows, checking your neck for redness, swelling, and bruising. Gently pressing on your neck and shoulders to identify sensitive areas and assessing your neck’s range of motion and muscle strength with a series of easy exercises is also part of the process.

Most cases of neck pain are easy to diagnose, but X-rays can help reveal an underlying problem, like a herniated disc.

How does a physical medicine specialist treat neck pain?

At Health Advantage Physical Medicine, practitioners treat neck pain using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. They might suggest: 

  • Chiropractic care
  • Dry needling
  • Corrective exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Spinal decompression
  • Functional medicine
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

You might benefit from a combination of treatments, depending on the cause and severity of your neck pain. Most people experience noticeable relief within a few days of starting treatment. 

What can I do to prevent neck pain?

The easiest way to prevent neck pain is to practice good posture. Steps like justing your desk, chair, and work computer for ergonomic efficiency, keeping your shoulders straight with your hips, and taking frequent breaks if you work long hours while sitting can all help.

Call Health Advantage Physical Medicine today to schedule treatment for neck pain, or book your appointment online.