Struggling with Neck Pain?
Aside from back pain, cervical, aka neck pain, is one of the leading complaints of patients seeking chiropractic treatment, pain management, physical rehab, or massage. The neck houses only seven vertebrae, but those small vertebrae support the entire weight of an individual’s head, which on average can weigh upwards of 12 pounds. With the cervical spine having multi-directional mobility, you’re looking at an area of the body that is easily susceptible to injuries that subsequently, lead to pain.
Biomechanics is what lends a helping hand to the neck being prone to injury. From everyday wear and tear and poor posture to the normal aging process and from auto injuries like whiplash to other accidents, a multitude of causes could be the culprit behind your neck pain and quite frankly, regardless of the cause, that pain tends to be annoying, especially when it can lead to symptoms that extend to other parts of the body like the upper back and arms.
Neck Pain in Allen
Everyday wear and tear causes neck pain, this comes from an individual’s daily habits and lifestyle. Those with jobs that have them sitting for extended periods of time staring at computer screens, likely with poor posture, will undoubtedly have chronic neck pain.
Spinal equilibrium becomes skewed due to this poor posture and the neck bends forward to offset this imbalance leading to chronic neck pain. Believe it or not, obesity can throw your body off balance too since being sedentary can lead to the weakening of core muscles that results in the neck compensating for this imbalance too. Tension caused by stress of any kind (emotional, physical, you name it…) encourages your muscles to both tighten and contract, which leads to a stiff neck and pain.
Need another reason to not embrace the additional candle on your birthday cake? As you age, degenerative disorders like osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease can negatively affect your spine. Osteoarthritis causes your cartilage to deteriorate which makes your body form bone spurs that reduce your joint mobility, causing stiffness and pain. Degenerative disc disease can lead to bulging or herniated discs, which can cause pain, tingling and numbness that radiates from the neck into the arm.
A leading injury from automobile accidents is whiplash. In minor cases, this common injury affects only the tissues that support and surround the head and neck. In severe cases it can affect the intervertebral joints, as well as the cervical discs, muscles, ligaments, and nerve roots. Whiplash is essentially caused by the sudden whipping motion, hence the name, which occurs immediately following an unexpected sudden movement, in any direction, of the head or neck.
Our chiropractors and medical doctors are well versed in the treatment of neck pain. During your consultation, they will perform a thorough exam where they will get the scope of your condition by questioning your current symptoms and the methods of treatments use/being used, as well as give you a physical and neurological exam, both of which will allow them to diagnose your condition and recommend a plan of action to treat your neck pain.
Several tests may be used to help diagnose your neck pain. Chiropractors may use an x-ray to identify narrowing disc space, possible fractures, bone spurs or osteoarthritis. To show bulging or herniated discs, a magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) or computerized axial tomography scan (CAT scan) and if they suspect nerve damage, an electromyography (EMG) test may used to measure the response time of your nerves.
Once a diagnosis of your neck pain has been made our Chiropractor or physician can then suggest treatment options to alleviate your symptoms. He or she will likely recommend cervical adjustment made to the neck by applying pressure, usually by hand, to the joints of the neck. These gentle adjustments help restore the neck’s range of motion, which leads to an increase in mobility of the cervical spine as well as the surrounding or supporting muscles. Your treatment program, in addition to these spinal adjustments, will likely include other Chiropractic therapies like massage, muscle mobilization or stimulation and rehabilitative exercises that are designed to target and strengthen the affected weakened muscles.
Seeking Chiropractic care can improve your symptoms whether by improving your mobility or by reducing your overall neck pain, soreness or the stiffness associated with your condition.
There’s no reason why you should have to live with bothersome pain in the neck, either chronic or brought on by an accident, when an effective treatment lies right around the corner.
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