Neck Pain

Chiropractor located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that limits your range of motion. It’s typically not serious but can keep you from routine activities like driving and using a computer. At his Brentwood, California practice, experienced chiropractor Michael Sheps, DC, uses chiropractic care and other noninvasive treatments to manage neck pain. He addresses neck pain at its source, reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Call the Los Angeles area office today to schedule neck pain treatment, or book your appointment online.

Should I see a chiropractor if I have neck pain?

Make an appointment with Dr. Sheps if your neck pain lasts for more than a few days and doesn’t improve with rest, ice, and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication.

Even though most people experience occasional neck pain, persistent discomfort can indicate an underlying problem like arthritis or a herniated disc. Promptly treating neck problems provides quick relief and reduces the risk of complications.

What causes neck pain?

Dr. Sheps treats neck pain caused by various things, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Auto accident injuries (whiplash)
  • Compressed nerves
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Deteriorated joints
  • Strained muscles
  • Headaches and migraines

Neck pain is sometimes caused by poor posture. For example, if you regularly sit at a computer, the muscles in your neck must contract to hold your head up. Over time, this causes the muscles to become stiff and inflamed.

How does a chiropractor diagnose neck pain?

Dr. Sheps reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain is, what it feels like, and if it’s worse when you drive or sit at a computer. Answer Dr. Sheps’ questions as thoroughly as possible, because they provide key insights into treatment.

Dr. Sheps examines your neck, shoulders, and upper back. He checks for redness, swelling, and bruising and gently presses on your skin to identify sensitive spots. Dr. Sheps asks you to move your head up and down and from side to side. He orders X-rays or an ultrasound to examine your neck vertebrae and the surrounding soft tissues.

How does a chiropractor treat neck pain?

Dr. Sheps uses a conservative, noninvasive approach to treat neck pain. He could suggest:

  • Chiropractic care (hands-on manipulation to realign your spine)
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises (physical therapy)
  • Cryotherapy (cold therapy)
  • Laser therapy
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Massage
  • Activity changes
  • Posture training
  • Neck bracing to prevent further injury

Most cases of neck pain respond best to several of these treatments. Dr. Sheps monitors your symptoms at regular checkups and makes adjustments as needed. Neck pain often improves within 2-3 weeks*, but it can take longer depending on how severe your symptoms are and what’s causing them.

Call the office of Michael Sheps, DC, today to schedule neck pain treatment, or book your appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.