Neck And Shoulder Pain Specialist

Richard Malinick, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in San Dimas, CA

The neck and shoulders can be a source of pain either individually, or in combination. This type of pain can limit movement and cause discomfort throughout which is disruptive to your daily activities. Patients in San Dimas, California and surrounding cities suffering from neck or shoulder pain can visit Dr. Malinick for ways to relieve shoulder and neck pain.

Neck and Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

The neck is responsible for carrying the weight of the head and controlling movement when looking in different directions. When pain arises in the neck it can occur as the result of a pinched nerve, or slipped disc that puts pressure on the muscles and nerves. Accidents, such as automobile accidents, are one of the main causes of neck pain. Whiplash resulting from auto accidents, or other injury, can cause damage to the neck from the sudden movement that snaps the neck back and forth. This causes overstretching and tears to the muscles, , tendons and ligaments in the neck. Emotional stress may increase symptoms, as well.

What injuries cause shoulder pain?

Repetitive motion injuries can cause damage to the muscles and tendons that surround a ball and socket joint of the shoulder causing pain and stiffness. Acute or sudden injuries like strains, sprains, instability, dislocations, frozen shoulder, or pinched nerves are some of the most common reasons for shoulder pain. These types of injuries will end up limiting your range of motion and they can also cause frozen shoulder. If shoulder pain is not diagnosed and treated by a professional, it can gradually grow weaker and then progress to more complicated issues which will eventually require surgery. Rather than self-diagnose, it is best to get a professional’s opinion and discuss treatment options for pain relief.

What treatment options are available?

Once the specific cause of your neck or shoulder pain has been diagnosed, your orthopedist will recommend treatment which can include any of the following:

  • Rest – Avoiding strenuous activities that can strain or aggravate the neck and shoulder muscles for a few days is sometimes all you need to resolve your pain.
  • Medication – Medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and relieve pain.
  • Immobilization – Along with rest, immobilization with a brace might be recommended to help you heal faster and prevent re-injury to the area.
  • Physical therapy and exercise – Sometimes a referral to a physical therapist might be prescribed. Physical therapists can customize a program of stretching and strengthening exercises that work to relieve your pain and help prevent future problems.
  • Surgery – As a last result, your orthopedist might recommend surgery. This may be necessary in the case of a herniated disc in the neck or torn rotator cuff in the shoulder.

Insurance Policy

We accept Medicare and most major PPO insurance providers. Here is a short list of insurances we accept. Please feel free to call our office with questions regarding your coverage options.

Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Health Net
Humana Choice Care
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
United Healthcare
Western Growers