Neck Pain Specialist

Andrew Curcuru, DC -  - Chiropractor

Active Health Center

Andrew Curcuru, DC

Chiropractor & Pain Management located in Downtown, Oakland, CA

Neck pain is often due to spinal misalignments. At Active Health Center in Oakland, California, Andrew Curcuru, DC, offers chiropractic treatments to adjust the cervical spine and relieve pressure on nerves, and ease muscle tension. Whether you have a kink in your neck, whiplash, or persistent neck pain, call Active Health Center today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why does neck pain occur?

Your neck tends to be susceptible to pain and injury partly due to its structure. Pain can result due to extended sitting, repetitive movements, and everyday wear and tear. 

Upper back pain and neck pain are often related. They may be due to misalignments in the upper thoracic spine or the lower cervical spine. Many nerves connect to these vertebrae and, when compressed or pinched, they can cause pain in the neck and back or shoulders.

Neck pain can be due to specific issues like:

  • Whiplash from a car accident
  • Sports injury like a tackle
  • Holding your head in an irregular position, like hunching over a smartphone or tablet
  • Poor posture
  • Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis
  • A herniated disc in the cervical spine
  • Bone spurs


Misalignment in the upper/middle back can also cause pain in the neck. 

While an acute instance of neck pain may respond to over-the-counter medications or icing, persistent neck pain may require more involved interventions like chiropractic care to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and release nerve pressure. 

What other symptoms can neck pain cause?

Neck pain can be associated with a number of other symptoms, including: 

  • Stiffness and reduced range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Weakness in the arms
  • Referred pain in the arms
  • Muscle spasms


Dr. Curcuru thoroughly evaluates your neck pain and accompanying symptoms to determine the potential cause. The good news is that chiropractic treatment at Active Health Center often clears up these issues along with the pain in your neck. 

How is neck pain treated?

Dr. Curcuru uses holistic chiropractic strategies to help ease your neck pain. Adjustments offer realignment of irregular thoracic and cervical vertebrae that may be causing nerve issues or limiting circulation and range of motion. This adjustment improves the mobility of the spine and increases movement in adjoining muscles. You have an easier time moving and turning your head.

Adjunct therapies help increase neck mobility further. These include massage, acupuncture, or rehabilitative exercises. 

When these treatments fail to get you relief, Dr. Curcuru may recommend injections to reduce inflammation, spinal decompression to reduce pressure on surrounding nerves, or radiofrequency ablation to block pain signals.

If you have neck pain that interferes with your daily activities, contact Active Health Center for treatment. Call today or use the online tool.