Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute
Ben Shamloo, MD FIPP
Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Los Angeles, CA & Studio City, CA
Cervical pain, also known as neck pain, affects more than 14% of adults in the United States at any given time. If neck pain is debilitating and you need relief, fellowship-trained pain management specialist Ben Shamloo, MD, FIPP, can help. At Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute in Beverly Hills, California, he offers advanced pain management solutions to ease pain and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute over the phone or online today.
Cervical Q & A
What is cervical pain?
Cervical or neck pain is discomfort in your upper spine that’s often debilitating. Signs and symptoms of cervical pain include:
- Limited range of motion
- Pain with driving
- Discomfort when working at a computer
- Muscle tightness or spasms
If neck pain doesn't subside within a few days or is severe, visit Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute for an evaluation.
What causes cervical pain?
The cervical spine is vulnerable to injuries because it supports the weight of your head. Numerous factors can lead to cervical pain, including:
- Nerve compression
- Ruptured or bulging discs
- Muscle strains
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bone spurs
You might sustain a neck injury from overuse, computer use, teeth grinding, an automobile collision, falling down, or a sports injury.
How is cervical pain diagnosed?
To diagnose the cause of cervical pain, Dr. Shamloo reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history, completes a physical exam, and checks for numbness, weakness, and tenderness. He might ask you to move your head in various motions or use blood tests, nerve conduction tests, X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to find the root cause of your discomfort.
How is cervical pain treated?
To treat cervical pain, Dr. Shamloo might recommend one or more of the following treatments.
Physical therapy and massage therapy are natural treatments for cervical pain relief. Flexibility and strength exercises can alleviate neck discomfort.
Noninvasive radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to block pain signals from reaching your brain.
During electrical nerve stimulation, Dr. Shamloo places tiny electrodes on your skin in specific areas to relieve discomfort naturally.
Resting, applying ice or heat to painful areas, or using a cervical collar can reduce discomfort while a neck injury heals.
Steroid, trigger point, and numbing injections can relieve cervical pain, reduce inflammation, or block pain signals from reaching your brain.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections help regenerate new cell growth and enhance your body’s natural healing ability.
In the case of a severe neck injury or condition, Dr. Shamloo might recommend a minimally invasive procedure to relieve spinal cord or nerve root compression.
Don’t live with cervical pain when numerous treatments are available at Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.