Neck/Shoulder Pain

Dr. Andrew Kiper, DC, of Lakeside Spine & wellness. conveniently located in Chicago’s Ravenswood/Lincoln Square section, diagnoses and treats a wide range of shoulder issues using McKenzie (MDT) therapy and other movement based procedures. Whether the shoulder pain is coming from the neck, rotator cuff issue, frozen shoulder or trauma; Dr. Kiper offers effective and comprehensive treatment for patients throughout the north-side communities of Chicago.

Neck and Shoulder Pain Q & A

What Causes Neck Pain? Most neck pain is mechanical in nature. this means that it is not a structural problem such as stenosis, or bone growth issues. Neck pain is not typically associated with changes in cervical curves as many old school physical medicine Doctors may believe. Neck pain is also typically not chemical in nature either. So what causes it? Typically most neck pain is discogenic in nature, meaning that because of poor posture and constant flexion of the neck, there is now nerve irritation that is causing symptoms such as pain and muscle spasm. Many shoulder pain patients are actually neck issues so by fixing the neck problem the shoulder pain goes away.

How Do You Treat Neck and Shoulder Pain? Since most neck pain is mechanical in nature, we treat in a mechanical way. We will find a directional preference that reduces symptoms, and teach the patient to heal themselves. Often times posture correction directly coincides with fully reducing neck and or shoulder symptoms. Movement therapy, minimal Chiropractic manipulation and posture correction play the biggest roles in correcting neck and shoulder pain.

I’m getting pain into my arm and hand, could that be from my neck? Most of the time radiating symptoms into the extremities actually originates from the spine. If you only treat the area that is symptomatic, the root cause of the problem is never addressed. Correcting the spinal problem almost always completely abolishes any peripheral symptoms.