While any pain in the neck or back might be considered neck or back pain, and technically is, the term is usually reserved in medical settings for chronic or moderate-to-severe pain in the neck or anywhere in the back. The pain may be sharp and shooting, or it may be dull and throbbing.
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints that bring patients to Dr. Armm’s practice. It can occur for many reasons including poor posture, either from sitting at a desk or hunching of over a work station, cell phone, or tablet, or injuries from car accidents, sports, or even slipping and falling. Neck pain can also be caused by medical conditions, physical deformities, or injuries to other parts of the body. Dr. Armm examines each patient thoroughly to determine the true root cause of the pain. If your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands, or if you have shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm, make an appointment with Dr. Armm right away.
There are many ways to treat neck and back pain. The best treatment option for any individual case depends on the severity, location, and type of pain, and on whether a patient has any other medical conditions.
In Eastern medicine, pain is often successfully treated with acupuncture and herbal remedies. These methods of pain treatment have two significant advantages over certain Western medical approaches to pain treatment. First, unlike surgery, neither acupuncture nor herbal remedies are considered highly invasive procedures. And, they don’t require post-surgical recovery periods. Additionally, unlike opioids, acupuncture, and many herbal remedies are not addictive.
When choosing a doctor, patients who have moderate or severe neck or back pain should always first look for a six-year trained Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, like Dr. Brendan Armm, who is specialized in pain management, orthopedics and integrative medicine, and is also board-certified with an active California state license, who aims to ease the pain without invasive surgery or addictive medication.
In cases where surgery or other procedures are required, Dr. Brendan Armm is experienced in working with orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists, to assist in the integrative approach to recovery.
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