Joseph Peck, MD
Pain Management Physician located in South Bay Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, CA
Dr. Peck is a top-rated pain management specialist in Manhattan Beach, CA, serving areas throughout the Los Angeles South Bay, including Redondo Beach, by providing state-of-the-art treatment for neck pain, including both localized pain and pain that radiates through the shoulders and arms. His goal is to restore mobility, range of motion and flexibility.
Neck Pain Q & A
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can occur for different reasons, some of which are directly related to the neck and some of which may be influenced by issues affecting the upper back or shoulders. Often, neck pain occurs as a result of repetitive stress or overuse injuries from work-related activities, or as a result of whiplash-like injuries from car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents or sports injuries. Some neck pain involves herniated discs in the cervical spine which can cause pain to radiate from the neck through the shoulders and into the arms. Poor posture while sitting or standing, chronic stress, carrying heavy or poorly-balanced loads and improper lifting technique can also cause neck pain, as can simple factors like using a pillow that doesn't provide enough support.
What is cervical radiculopathy?
Cervical radiculopathy is a painful condition that occurs when the nerves in the neck (the cervical spine) become pinched or compressed, resulting in symptoms like:
pain radiating into the arms or back
burning sensations in the neck or shoulders
numbness or weakness in the upper arms
pain when moving the neck or turning the head
Herniated discs are the most common cause of pinched nerves in the neck, but diseases can also cause cervical radiculopathy to occur.
How is cervical radiculopathy treated?
Cervical radiculopathy can usually be treated with nonsurgical approaches, including use of a soft cervical collar to support the neck and help reduce stress on the muscles and other soft tissues, physical therapy to strengthen and gently stretch the neck muscles, and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and swelling. Injections of corticosteroids near the affected vertebra can also help by delivering medication directly to the area surrounding the affected disc. Many treatment plans include multiple approaches to achieve optimal results.
We take most PPO Insurance plans and Medicare, but we do not take Medi-Cal. Please contact us and we will let you know if we accept your type of medical insurance plan.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Peck is fantastic. I've got a chronic back issue and he listens well, treats me like a person and provides options, treatments, and suggestions with sympathy."
"Dr. Peck is a great doctor. He listens and I don't fill rushed by him at all. This is a nice and clean office and would recommend it to anyone."
"Accurate and professional, his pain treatment and rehab expertise is outstanding."
"Very professional and personable. He really cares about his patients and it shows in his work."