The neck is comprised of the uppermost vertebrae of the spine as well as a series of nerves, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Neck pain occurs when one or more of these anatomical structures is damaged or impeded. You may have primary pain, such as a pulled muscle, or you may have secondary pain, such as a nerve that is impeded due to inflammation. If your neck pain is caused by a misalignment of the vertebrae, chiropractic care alleviates the symptoms without drugs or surgery.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain may be caused by trauma or strain placed on the muscles and other structures. You may also develop neck pain due to certain medical conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, cervical stenosis or cervical arthritis. Chiropractic therapies help with both acute and chronic neck pain.
How Does Posture Lead to Neck Pain?
The way you hold your head and shoulders will either minimize or worsen the strain on your neck. Patients who tend to hold their head forward of their shoulders are more likely to develop serious problems with the neck. Holding your head in this position creates a greater weight that strains your neck. The additional wear and tear can lead to degenerative conditions. Your upper back also has to work harder to hold this position of the head, and this may cause chronic back pain [LINK]. People who use this posture also tend to round their shoulders which may lead to chronic shoulder pain.
When Should I See a Doctor for My Neck Pain?
If you experience trauma to the neck or have severe neck pain that interferes with your day, we recommend that you be examined by a physician. Patients with chronic neck pain should also be evaluated to determine the underlying cause of the discomfort.
Do I Need Surgery for My Neck Pain?
Neck pain does not always require surgery or medications. A chiropractor specializes in non-invasive therapies that are proven to reduce neck pain in patients of all ages.
How Can Chiropractic Therapies Help with Neck Pain?
Cervical manipulation is a technique that we use to apply a specific amount of pressure to the cervical vertebrae. This may improve range of motion and reduce the discomfort. We may also recommend massage therapy, nutritional counseling and other treatments to provide the most comprehensive outcomes.
What Can I Do at Home to Alleviate Neck Pain?
The body mechanics that caused your neck pain also cause problems in other areas, such as the chest, shoulders and upper back. As you go through chiropractic treatment for neck pain, we may recommend stretches to do at home to address these other areas. You should also consider changes to your work environment that improve body positioning to prevent future complications that affect your neck, back, spine and shoulders.
Neck pain may lead to complications, such as degenerative disc disease, shoulder pain and back pain. Early treatment is key to enhanced outcomes. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation and neck evaluation by our chiropractor.