Neck Pain Specialist

Thomas C. Apostle, DO -  - Physical Medicine

Thomas C. Apostle, DO

Specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, & specializing in Psychiatry. Located in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Westlake, CA

With the average American spending more than five hours a day with their heads tilted down to gaze at their phones, it’s no wonder that millions of people live with neck pain. At his offices in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Westlake Village, California, Thomas C. Apostle, DO, offers personalized treatment to relieve neck pain. You don’t need to live with neck pain. Call Dr. Apostle today to make an appointment.

Neck Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of neck pain?

Poor posture is one of the leading contributing factors to neck pain. Whether you spend hours every day with your head tilted down to look at your phone or tablet or you work hunched over a computer, poor posture causes muscle strain over time. It puts abnormal pressure on your delicate cervical vertebrae. 

Some of the conditions that lead to neck pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Whiplash and other injuries
  • Fibromyalgia 

You can also have neck pain from tight muscles in your back that pull on the bones and tissue in your neck. Your discomfort could also be due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. 

When should I talk to a doctor about neck pain?

Everyone wakes up with a sore neck occasionally; maybe you’ve slept in a strange position, for example. Mild muscle tension usually subsides on its own with heat, ice, or over-the-counter medication. 

If you have neck pain that either interferes with your ability to turn or nod your head or if your pain lasts for more than a couple of days, it could be a sign of a more serious issue and indicate the need to contact Dr. Apostle. He works at a world-renowned, multidisciplinary spine center and has state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments at his disposal. 

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Apostle begins with a comprehensive physical exam and imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to diagnose the condition causing your pain. Then, he creates a treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs. 

Dr. Apostle takes a holistic approach to treating neck pain. Your program includes therapies to heal your neck, relieve your pain, and address lifestyle issues that could contribute to your discomfort. 

For example, your treatment program could include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Epidural or facet joint injections
  • Osteopathic adjustment
  • Physical therapy
  • Neck brace

Dr. Apostle might also emphasize that you make sure that your workstation is set up correctly, so you don’t need to look up or down to see your computer screen. He might also suggest cutting back on the amount of time you spend on your phone.

While neck pain is a common problem, you don’t have to live with it. Call Dr. Apostle to make an appointment today for expert treatment.