Neck Pain

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

Neck pain comes in all shapes and sizes and has a wide variety of causes. The pain management specialists at Pain Solvers have extensive training to help diagnose and treat your neck pain. The caring team provides consultations at their office in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, and expert treatment at their office in Pleasant Hill, California. They’re dedicated to a patient-first approach to medicine and focuses on providing the most comprehensive and effective treatment available for your neck pain. If neck pain is interfering with your day-to-day life, call Pain Solvers or book your appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Depending on the cause of the neck pain, your symptoms may include:

  • Muscle tightness and spasms in the neck, upper back, and shoulders
  • Pain that worsens when you hold your head in one place for long periods, such as when you’re working on your computer
  • Worsening stiffness that can interfere with your ability to move your head
  • Headaches
  • Numbness, tingling, and pain in your shoulders or arms

Neck pain and stiffness that’s accompanied by fever, body aches, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms indicate an infection such as meningitis, which requires immediate medical attention.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is a common ailment that may be due to:   

Muscle strain

Muscle strain can arise from overuse or poor posture when working at your computer, using your smartphone, or reading in bed at night.

Degenerative changes

Degenerative changes in your spinal joints can decrease your range of motion and cause pain when the cushioning tissue (cartilage) between your vertebrae deteriorates.

Nerve compression 

Nerve compression and irritation related to herniated discs, bone spurs, and other problems in the cervical (neck) spine can cause neck pain.

Whiplash 

A whiplash injury may be related to an auto collision, fall, or sports injury that jerks your head backward and then forward and strains the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues of the neck

Certain chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can also cause painful inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints of the cervical spine.

Why would my arms hurt if the problem is in my neck?

When a nerve in your neck is compressed or irritated badly enough to branch away from your spinal cord, you may experience pain that radiates (travels) into your shoulder and arm. Called cervical radiculopathy in medical speak, more commonly a "pinched nerve," neck pain due to an irritated nerve may also cause muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling that travels down the arm and into the hand.

Your provider first identifies the cause of your neck pain and then customizes a treatment plan designed to your satisfaction. Call Pain Solvers today for an appointment or book your visit online.