Neck Pain Specialist

Nuvo Spine and Sports Institute & Ortho Regenerative Center

Payam Vahedifar, MD

Board Certified in Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine located in Encino, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

Neck pain can lead to headaches, limited mobility in your neck, impaired cognitive functioning, and other uncomfortable complications and problems. Expert physician Payam Vahedifar, MD, offers valuable treatments for neck pain and can help you to improve your quality of life at Payam Vahedifar, M.D. Nuvo Spine and Sports Institute & Ortho Regenerative Center. Located in Beverly Hills and Encino, California, you can depend on Dr. Vahedifar and the friendly medical professionals for top-notch care from pain-relieving injections to healthy lifestyle changes and regenerative medicine therapies. Call your nearest office or use the online scheduling tool for an appointment.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain can be caused by various factors, such as:

  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Arthritis
  • Emotional stress
  • Poor posture
  • Injury or trauma from accidents
  • Persistently carrying a bag on the same shoulder
  • TMJ disorder

A common cause of neck pain is whiplash. Whiplash is associated with automobile accidents that suddenly force your neck to move in an unnatural position. 

Aging and certain other factors can make your joints become worn down and painful over time.

Neck pain can be related to the overuse of muscles in the neck area or inflammation of the bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If neck pain is caused by a strain or muscle tension, it can subside within a few days. Neck pain that’s chronic lasts for several weeks or longer.

What methods are used to diagnose neck pain?

To diagnose your neck pain, your physician begins by discussing your medical and family history and your symptoms. 

Your physician might suggest any necessary imaging or testing, such as blood work or an X-ray, to determine the levels of inflammation and other important aspects of your general health.

Your physician assesses for tenderness, numbness, and muscle weakness in your neck and shoulder area. They also assess your mobility, range of motion, and how far you can move your head backward and forward and from side to side.

What are the treatments for neck pain?

Neck pain can respond to warm showers, massage, alternating heat and ice packs, certain exercises, improving your posture, stretching, soft neck collars, and other supportive neck devices, and watchful waiting. 

Healthy lifestyle changes, nutritional counseling, and rehabilitative exercises can also be helpful for neck pain. To treat your neck pain, your physician might recommend: 

  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Adipose and bone marrow stem cell therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • A2M (Alpha 2 Macroglobulin) injections
  • Disc-FX® system
  • Epidurals, nerve blocks, Traumeel® injections, and Zeel® injections
  • Intrathecal pump
  • Biological therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • SpineJet® percutaneous hydrodiscectomy system
  • The limited use of medications when necessary, such as muscle relaxants

PRP therapy can be especially effective for whiplash. Regenerative medicines like PRP therapy involve using your own growth factors and platelets to assist your body’s natural healing process.

The goal is to enhance how your neck functions and relieve your neck pain and associated headaches.

Neck pain doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you love when there are impressive solutions. Schedule online or call Payam Vahedifar, M.D. Nuvo Spine and Sports Institute & Ortho Regenerative Center today.