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Neck Pain

Kenneth K Wogensen, MD -  - Neurologist

Kenneth K Wogensen, MD

Neurologist located in Arcadia, CA

The strength and flexibility of the muscles and joints in your neck allows you to turn your head in many directions. But because of its mobility and the weight of your head, your neck is susceptible to pain. Kenneth K. Wogensen, MD, in Arcadia, California, is a skilled neurologist and may be able to identify the source of your neck pain and devise a plan that provides relief. For an assessment of your neck pain, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a common complaint that may develop from spending too much time hunched over your computer. It may also arise from degenerative changes in the bones of your cervical spine that may lead to irritation of your spinal nerves. No matter the cause, the pain may affect your daily activities and should be evaluated so you can get the right treatment to relieve your symptoms.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain can cause varying symptoms. Common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Headache
  • Limited neck mobility or range of motion
  • Pain when you tilt your head in one direction
  • Muscle spasms

Neck pain can also lead to numbness or tingling in your arms or hands, which may indicate a condition related to your nerves. Dr. Wogensen is a neurologist and can determine if your nerves are contributing to your neck pain and then provide the most appropriate treatment.

What are common causes of neck pain?

Neck pain may develop from any number of causes, and may be related to poor posture, an injury, or aging. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle sprains
  • Whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Herniated disc causing a compressed nerve
  • Spinal stenosis

Dr. Wogensen conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your neck pain to help him develop your personalized treatment plan. To help identify the cause of your pain, he may recommend diagnostic testing, such as a nerve conduction study or electromyography, to determine if your pain is related to nerve damage or irritation.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment for your neck pain depends on the underlying cause. You may be able to get relief with over-the-counter pain medication and changes in your posture or your ergonomics at work. However, if at-home treatments fail to give you the relief you need, Dr. Wogensen may suggest:

  • Physical therapy
  • Antiseizure medication for nerve pain
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Nerve blocks
  • Joint injections

He may also suggest a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit, which sends electrical impulses to your nerves to help divert the pain signals.

Neck pain is a common problem that may be alleviated by making a few modifications at home. However, chronic neck pain requires specialized care for long-term relief. For management of your neck pain, call Kenneth K. Wogensen, MD, or book an appointment online.