Neck/Shoulder Pain

Great Life Medical

Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Long Beach, CA

Neck and shoulder pain tend to crop up at the same time, which can make it pretty frustrating to do normal daily tasks like open a cabinet or comb your hair. At Great Life Medical, the dedicated team takes an empathetic approach to neck and shoulder pain. They understand the challenges you’re dealing with, and they’re here to give you a chance to feel normal again. Call the Long Beach, California, office or book an appointment using online scheduling today.

Neck and Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes neck and shoulder pain?

Some of the most common reasons you may have neck or shoulder pain include: 

  • Cervical spine misalignment
  • Joint wear-and-tear
  • Muscle strain
  • Disc damage
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Nerve compression
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament strain or tear
  • Shoulder joint lining inflammation 
  • Calcium deposits within muscles or tendons
  • Tendon tears

Neck pain and shoulder pain can occur alone or simultaneously. This is sometimes referred pain, which means pain that shoots from one area to another. In other cases, you could potentially have two or more causes of neck and shoulder pain at the same time. 

What problems can neck and shoulder pain cause?

Neck and shoulder pain are uncomfortable and sometimes even unbearable. It’s normal to make unconscious adjustments to protect your neck and shoulder.

For example, you might not be able to reach over your head or lift anything heavier than a pencil without neck and shoulder pain. You might compensate by relying entirely on the opposite side of your body or even skipping certain tasks. 

Eventually, these changes can cause entirely new problems, such as overuse damage in the opposite side of your body. Refusing to use your neck, shoulders, and arms normally doesn’t help matters much and may lead to frozen shoulder and further arthritic change of the spine and shoulder limiting your ability to function normally. 

These are good reasons to get professional neck and shoulder pain help right away. Great Life Medical can take on your shoulder and neck pain and help you emerge from treatment with full function again. 

How do you treat neck and shoulder pain?

The Great Life Medical team diagnoses the cause of your neck and shoulder pain and conceives an original recovery plan for you. Your treatment may include:

Trigger point injections

The neck and shoulder areas often have small areas of intense muscle pain. Trigger point injections can numb pain and minimize inflammation very quickly. 

Chiropractic care/spinal adjustment

Chiropractic care resolves cervical spine imbalances that cause neck and shoulder pain and restores your normal range-of-motion.  

Corrective exercise/functional rehabilitation

Physical therapy includes exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility along with pain-relieving treatments like ice, heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. 

Massage therapy

Massage therapy improves circulation, relieves muscle aches, and eliminates tough scar tissue that’s causing neck and shoulder pain. 

Your treatment may include several approaches at once for maximum neck/shoulder pain relief. 

Need neck/shoulder pain help? Call Great Life Medical or click on the scheduler to set up your appointment now.