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Our Services / Neck Pain

Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Holistic Wellness & Functional Nutrition in Portland, OR

Neck Pain services offered in Portland, OR


Neck pain and stiffness can become major issues in your life when they last for more than a day or so. At Optimal Health in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, chiropractic expert Terry Ycasas, DC, and the team treat neck pain using evidence-based chiropractic adjustments and established Chinese medicine treatments. To schedule an appointment, call Optimal Health or book online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a symptom of various injuries involving the cervical spine and the structures around it. You might experience mild or temporary neck pain and stiffness on occasion, especially if you have poor posture or sleep in an awkward position. Long-term neck pain can result from degenerative conditions or acute injuries that didn’t receive or respond to their treatments. 

For many, neck pain comes with stiffness. Because of the involvement of the cervical spine, neck pain can also come with referred pain, numbness, or tingling in your arms or shoulders. You should report any symptoms like these to the team at Optimal Health during your chiropractic care evaluation. 

The team at Optimal Health specializes in diagnosing, evaluating, and treating neck pain using evidence-based chiropractic care alongside Traditional Chinese medicine.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain can come from many different injuries, some of which involve your cervical spine. The pain can also originate in the supportive soft tissues, like muscles and ligaments, in your neck.

Some injuries and illnesses that cause neck pain are:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis

Factors like poor posture and stress can also worsen or cause neck pain. The team asks about your lifestyle, medical history, habits, and any other information that could assist them in making a diagnosis. 

Whiplash, a type of strain that causes neck pain and often happens in car accidents, is different from other types of sprain and strain injuries in the neck. It happens when your neck jerks backward and forward rapidly, which causes the tissues to stretch or tear. 

How is neck pain treated?

Treating neck pain involves an individualized care plan using techniques appropriate for your specific injury or condition. The team at Optimal Health devises a treatment plan for you that addresses the underlying cause or causes of your neck pain and any other symptoms. 

Effective treatment for neck pain may consist of:

  • Nutritional guidance
  • Chiropractic adjustments (including the Torque Release Technique™)
  • Acupuncture
  • Neck exercises
  • NuLeaf® CBD products
  • Cupping
  • Teishin

The team checks in with you as you go through neck pain treatment to make sure you experience consistent improvements in your symptoms. 

For more information on neck pain and how to manage it, call Optimal Health or book an appointment online today.