Neck Pain SF
Dr. Smith safely and effectively treats neck pain in San Francisco. He has been in practice for over 13 years and puts patient safety above all else. Please do not trust one of the most sensitive areas of your body to someone who cares less than you do.
A Real Pain in the Neck
Neck pain is a common medical condition. It potentially comes from any number of disorders and can involve any of the tissues in the neck. Neck pain is often accompanied by and can be the cause of headaches.
Acute neck pain has a sudden onset and can be related to an injury, an infection, or too much stress on sensitive tissues (like sleeping in a wonky position). Chronic neck pain can go on for years and is often related to underlying arthritis, degeneration, or chronic stress on sensitive structures (such as the TMJ).
Common Conditions Causing Neck Pain
- degenerative disc disease
- muscle strain
- injury such as in whiplash
- herniated disc
- pinched nerve
- Infections in the throat, mouth/teeth, or sinuses
- poor posture
Risk factors for neck pain include involvement in contact sports, a history of motor-vehicle accidents, a family history of arthritis, and chronic poor posture. Prevention of neck pain in the context of these activities often includes neck stretches, strengthening exercises, and sometimes neck bracing.
Treatments for Neck Pain in San Francisco
The proper treatment for neck pain by and large depends on correctly identifying the cause of the pain and the structures involved.
Pain related to a muscle strain, postural stress or tightness often responds well to massage, stretching, and myofascial release. Improving one’s posture, improving one’s ergonomics at work, and decreasing the amount of time spent looking down at a phone all help to reduce the amount of stress on the neck.
Neck pain associated with aggravated joints or pinched nerves often responds well to manual traction, icing, and joint manipulation. Most alternative medical treatments are safe, but there are many sensitive structures in the area of the neck. You should only be treated by a licensed professional, especially if you are having ongoing pain.
Many causes of neck pain are not serious and can be treated with conservative care. However, neck pain and headaches can be caused by more sinister underlying conditions such as meningitis and arterial dissection.
If your neck pain is uncommonly intense, associated with nausea, or started after an accident you should consult with a healthcare professional. Imaging may be necessary before alternative medical techniques can safely be administered.