Neck Pain Doctors in Los Angeles

Neck Pain Doctors in Los Angeles

According to the Academy of Pain Management chronic neck pain has a deleterious effect on ones quality of life. People who live in chronic pain are affected not only physically but mentally also.

Impact on Quality of Life

  • Almost two-thirds (59%) reported an impact on their overall enjoyment of life.
  • More than three-quarters of patients (77%) reported feeling depressed.
  • 70% said they have trouble concentrating.
  • 74% said their energy level is impacted by their pain.
  • 86% reported an inability to sleep well.

 

While neck pain can be an irritant to life , it is usually compounded by other conditions that seem to be associated. Often associated with chronic neck pain are, headaches, cognitive fog, TMJ and upper back pain. In our office in Los Angeles we have been taking care of people with these types of chronic conditions with great success.

Unfortunately  when most Americans confront these conditions they run to the drug cabinet. While pain killing medication is effective at treating the symptoms and giving pain relief it is NOT going to take away the cause and produce a cure. In the following paragraphs we would like to talk about some common causes of neck pain and then give solutions to help you eliminate triggers and remove the underlying cause.

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Ergonomics That Are Helpful For Neck Pain Sufferers

Most people these days are working behind a desk, either on the phone, computer or sitting at a desk for long hours. These unnatural postures can exacerbate an underling condition. We have found that there are many things you can do to help eliminate many of the postural faults that exacerbate chronic neck problems:

  • Make sure that your chair has a lumbar support. Most people have a tendency to slouch when they sit. When someone slouches, this causes the natural curve in the low back to be lost, and as such this puts pressure on the muscles and discs which has a stressful effect on the rest of the spine, including the neck.
  •  Make sure that your computer is eye level. Many workers are looking at a computer monitor that is too high or too low, which puts stress on the cervical muscles exacerbating their problems.
  • For those of you that type all day long, make sure that your elbows are resting on the arm rest of a chair. Many chairs have adjustable armrests. By resting the elbows you are taking pressure off of the muscles off the upper shoulders. They no longer have to be contracted all day long as you type. This can be an absolute game changer for many individuals.
  •  If you talk on the phone all day do yourself a favor and get a head-piece. Many of us have the bad habit of holding the phone between our ear and our shoulder. Lateral bending of the head is both bad for the neck joints and is very stressful on the cervical spine muscles.
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Trauma And Neck Pain

Your head is a 10-13 pound ball that rests on the top bone in the neck that weighs 2 ounces. To make this junction even more unstable the head is resting on the end of a stick-your neck. Whiplash type traumas cause a shearing motion between the head and neck , damaging the soft tissue(ligaments, tendons and muscles) that support the normal movement of this junction. This trauma causes structural instabilities to the joints and as a result the vertebra misaligns and functionally the muscles spasm due to the weakened tissue. This misalignment has a chain reaction throughout the system neurologically speaking and can cause not only neck pain but a host of other health problems that people do not relate to the initial injury.

Our office right here in Los Angeles specializes in precisely correcting spinal misalignments at the head neck junction. Our doctors are skilled and trained to correct these misalignments and then monitor the patient over time to make sure it heals as nature intended it. If you suffer from chronic neck problems our office gives a free consultation. You can make that appointment right here online at  www.uppercervicalcare.schedapple.com .
In health,

The Upper Cervical Health Centers Team

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Dr. Drew Hall is a Los Angeles and Carson Chiropractor who serves patients from Long Beach, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Westwood, Pasadena, Culver City, Hollywood and Orange County.


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    Dr. Drew Hall and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Health Care welcomes you to our website. We have two offices in the Los Angeles area. Specialty Doctors in both Los Angeles - and Carson work with you to improve specific problem areas, nerve functions, and overall health. The Blair technique, a specialty within Upper Cervical Chiropractic, is what we practice. This technique removes impediments to normal neurological function by correcting spinal misalignments at the cranio-cervical junction (CCJ- head- skull). A specific and non-invasive correction, done after x-rays and a series of tests, precisely corrects misalignments of the neck and upper spine. Muscle strain, neck pain, migraine headaches, sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, Ménière's disease, insomnia, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and chronic back pain are among the ailments that can be improved or eliminated through this type of care.