Types of Neck Pain
Neck pain is a broader term concerning discomfort anywhere in the neck area, and in some cases extending down to the upper back and shoulder.
Characteristics of neck pain include:
Muscle ache or spasm
Discomfort in the neck, upper back or shoulders
Stiffness in the neck area
A reduced range of motion or ability to turn the head
Pain that radiates down one or both arms (and sometimes the legs)
Dr. Murray Rosenthal
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Dr. Murray Rosenthal, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association is a board certified Psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Academy, with more than 30 years of experience in clinical practice and research and as a Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director.
He served as the Chief Medical Officer at Millennium Laboratories, Inc., and was Senior Medical Director and CEO of California Clinical Trials Medical Group, Inc., where he oversaw over 400 clinical trials in all areas of CNS research. His research experience includes over 26 years of clinical trials and basic science research.
Throughout his residency at UCSD and clinical practice, he maintained his interest in and connection to clinical medicine via a wide range of consultative and teaching experiences. While in active practice from 1981 to 1999, Dr. Rosenthal served as a consultant to a number of specialty medical units including the head trauma and stroke unit, cardiac rehabilitation and transplantation programs at Sharp Memorial Hospital. He also served as the Medical Director of the inpatient eating disorders unit (Balance Program) at Harbor View Medical Center from 1986 to 1991. Over his professional career, Dr. Rosenthal has given hundreds of lectures on a wide range of topics from recognizing and treating mental illness in the context of medical conditions and, more recently on managing chronic pain. He has extensive media experience having been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows in the San Diego area. In 1995, he co-hosted the Sally Jesse Raphael show from New York. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Rosenthal received an MS in Biochemistry from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.