Neck Pain

Center for Acupuncture & Anti-Aging Medicine

Dr. Chianni Lin, DAOM

Acupuncturist & Integrative Medicine Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA

Neck pain is a common medical condition that usually occurs in the area of the seven cervical vertebrae of the neck. This pain often varies from patient to patient in whether it is constant or intermittent. Dr. Chianni Lin at the Center for Acupuncture & Anti-Aging Medicine in Santa Monica offers a combination approach incorporating acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and movement for the relief of neck pain.

Neck Pain Q&A

What causes neck pain?

The neck, back, and shoulders can all bear a heavy strain throughout the day. Over time this can wear down the structures of the neck causing gradual pain and inflammation to creep up. If you are especially active, or if you have been in an accident either through a motor vehicle collision, or during a slip and fall, pain can be sudden and acute. Dr. Chianni Lin sees patients who suffer from neck pain due to many issues, including:

  • Sudden Force or Trauma
  • Automobile Accident
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Overuse/Improper Use
  • Osteoporosis
  • Neck Strain
  • Medical Conditions
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Muscle Tension or Spasm
  • Bone Spur
  • Herniated or Protruding Disk
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Ligament/Muscle Tears
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylosis

In Eastern Medicine, the main cause of acute neck pain can be caused by the stagnation, or blockage, of Qi and blood in the meridians pathways. In some cases, a deficiency of the functional organs like the kidney, liver, or spleen can be a cause.

What are the other symptoms associated with neck, shoulder, and back pain?

Symptoms of neck pain can differ depending on the cause of the pain. This can include pain that is sharp, dull, stabbing, or burning. The pain can also lead to a stiff neck, shoulder, or back, limits mobility and range-of-motion in the joints. Often, the pain can travel from the neck into other areas of the body causing arm pain, jaw pain, head pain or ear pain. Some neck pain can even be associated with symptoms of nausea, headache, weakness, numbness, swelling, deformity, difficulty swallowing, or dizziness.

What is the Treatment for neck pain?

Once the root cause of the neck pain has been diagnosed, a treatment plan focused on the needs of the individual patient will be applied. Dr. Chianni Lin uses an alternative approach to healing methods to provide holistic treatment. Combining her knowledge of Eastern Medicine with acupuncture, acupressure, movement, and herbal medicine provides patients with a total body healing experience.