Edward Carden, MD
Interventional Pain Management Physician located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Up to 70% of American adults experience neck pain that interferes with their daily activities at least once during their life. At his practice in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Edward Carden, MD, provides personalized pain management service to relieve neck pain and restore your mobility and quality of life. If you have neck pain, call him today for expert care.
Neck Pain Q&A
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can start in your bones, muscles, connective tissue, or nerves. Like back pain, neck pain is highly variable depending on the condition causing it. Some of the common causes of neck pain include:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Injuries like whiplash
- Muscle tension
In many cases, poor posture either causes your neck pain or makes it worse. The average American spends more than five hours a day looking at their phone.
Additionally, many Americans have jobs where they have to look slightly up or down to see their computer screens for hours at a time. Holding your head and neck at an angle for long stretches every day puts a significant amount of stress on the bones and soft tissue in your neck.
When should I talk to a doctor about neck pain?
Pain is how your body signals that something is wrong, and you should never ignore it. If you know you have an injury or your neck pain limits your mobility and keeps you from your regular activities, contact Dr. Carden for an appointment right away.
If you have mild neck pain, you can try to treat it at home with rest, ice, heat, and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if at-home care doesn’t relieve your pain within a couple of days, it’s time to get a medical assessment and treatment.
How is neck pain treated?
Dr. Carden begins with an exam to evaluate your pain and identify its cause. Then, he provides a customized treatment plan to relieve neck pain. Depending on your condition, he might use:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Muscle relaxants
- Spinal injections
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Physical therapy
Your pain management program is designed to address your specific needs. Dr. Carden might adjust your plan as you progress through treatment to continue to provide the best possible results.
Can I reduce my risk of neck pain?
One of the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk of neck pain is to pay attention to your posture. For example, if you work at a desk, make sure your workstation is adjusted so you can reach your keyboard and see your screen without compromising your posture.
You should also take time to stretch every day, which reduces muscle tension not only in your neck but throughout your body.
If you have neck pain, call Dr. Carden for diagnosis and treatment today.