There are many people that suffer from neck and shoulder pain out there. They seek help and it falls short.
Help typically consists of some physical therapy where the neck muscles get strengthened and some light soft tissue work. And possibly some ultrasound, chiropractic adjustments, or electrical stimulation.
However, not all neck pain comes from the neck. Sometimes your neck pain is coming from a shoulder problem, upper back and/or ribs. It can even come from a low back problem due to the postural system adapting.
This is called complex neck pain and requires a more complete approach. Be sure that your healthcare provider spends the time to not only do a thorough orthopedic and neurological evaluation, but more importantly sits down to talk with you.
Taking a thorough history and actually listening to patients is the first step in finding out the root cause of a problem so the therapies recommended can allow for a fast resolution of the pain and suffering. Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT (R)) specialists are one type of chiropractor that are trained in a full body approach from feet to head. Understanding how everything is connected is why SOT(R) specialists get results where others fail.
This applies to all areas of pains like low back, hips, headaches, TMJ, vertigo, and more.
Dr. Chris Pepitone is an advanced certified SOT(R) practitioner at Pure Health Services in Red Bank, NJ. He lectures to international doctors and currently sits on the board for Sacro Occipital Research Society International. He can be reached at 732-747-0083 for more information.