Stop masking your neck pain with medication. Correct the underlying cause with chiropractic.
Neck pain is a symptom that most people feel at some point in their life because your neck and shoulders work very hard. Imagine balancing a bowling ball on the tip of your finger – that’s just one of the many things your neck must do. All day long. Your neck (cervical spine) is made up of seven bones that extend from the skull to the upper torso. If there is just a slight deviation in the relationship of these bones, it can cause pain or stiffness and reduce the mobility of your head and neck. By correcting misalignment, chiropractic care can relieve pain and restore mobility.
Causes of Neck Pain or Stiffness
Common sources of neck pain include poor posture, normal wear and tear, or overuse. Aside from physical strain, emotional or chemical stress can also affect the frequency and severity of neck pain. Emotional stress is often the overlooked culprit. Anger, fear, or frustration can trigger our neck muscles to tense up without us realizing it until muscle spasms set in. In more serious cases, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash. Other risk factors include arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, or a herniated cervical disk.
Drug-Free Neck Pain Relief
Sure. Taking that over-the-counter pain reliever might dull your pain. But this is only a band-aid fix to a more serious issue. Don’t get caught in the cycle of masking your symptoms without correcting the underlying cause! Chiropractic care has an excellent history of alleviating neck pain and reducing discomfort, stiffness or soreness. Our proven methods relieve your pain by removing nervous system interference. Whether you are recovering from injury or experiencing headaches, neck pain, or shoulder pain, we can help you recover.
Types of Neck Pain
Neck pain is classified as acute or chronic, and the symptoms may vary depending on the underlying cause of pain. Acute neck pain has a quick onset and lasts for a short amount of time. This is opposite of chronic neck pain, which has a slower progression and continues over a long period of time, usually over six months.
Certain types of neck pain or arm pain can be linked to muscle strain, while others may be linked to a diagnosable condition such as a cervical herniated disc. Acute pain is likely due to a muscle strain or sprain. These minor injuries usually heal within days or weeks and the pain subsides.
Alternatively, chronic neck pain can utterly disrupt and damage one’s life. This ongoing problem is usually caused by an issue with the spinal discs or the joints of the cervical spine.
Types of neck pain can vary and include:
Pinched nerveSharp or burning pain in the affected area.
Neck pain that radiates into the armPossible numbness/tingling in the arms and/or hands.
Neck pain that is worse in the morning and at nightThis may be a sign of Arthritis in the neck, or Cervical Osteoarthritis.
Arm pain with lack of coordination in the arms or legsDifficulty with fine motor skills and occasional intermittent shooting pains.
Neck strainUsually a result of sudden force, such as whiplash.
Pain that radiates into the shoulderEspecially with discomfort in the shoulder blades.
Neck pain during or after certain activities or neck positionsUsually caused by impingement of a nerve root on one side of the spine.
Neck pain along with a severe headache, fever, or nauseaCan be a sign of infection, a tumor, or a bleed in the brain and requires immediate medical attention.
Stiff neckDifficulty or pain when moving the neck or head.
Pain/weakness from the neck to the handCan include the triceps and the middle finger.
Pain and/or weakness along the length of the armIncluding the biceps, wrists, and the thumb and index finger.
Pain/numbness along inner side of the arm, ring, & little fingersMay be accompanied by weakness in hand grip.
What Condition is Causing My Neck Pain?
While neck pain (in the cervical spine) is less common than back pain (in the lumbar spine), millions of Americans experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Symptoms such as stiffness, tightness, and pressure are usually caused by straining the neck muscles. Whereas burning or stabbing or shooting pains, numbness, and tingling that lasts over two months is often due to a specific anatomic abnormality.
Stiff neck in conjunction with a high fever, headache, nausea or vomiting, and sleepiness may be indicative of meningitis or other infection. Meningitis is a bacterial infection that causes the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord to be inflamed. Stiff neck symptoms may also be caused by meningococcal disease, an infection in the cervical spine.
Any time a stiff neck is accompanied by a fever, seek immediate medical attention to check for these possibilities.
Acute neck pain can result from:
Pinched nerve in the cervical spine
Using a pillow that is too high or too firm
Improper lifting during exercise or at work
Excessive stress, which can lead to tension in the neck
Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long time
Sports injuries that strain the neck
Whiplash injury from a car accident
Slouching while viewing the computer monitor
Cradling a phone in the crook of the neck
Injury from a fall in which one lands on the top of the head
Sleeping in the wrong position
Hunched over a steering wheel while driving
Strain from carrying a heavy item on one side of the body
Having a work area that is not ergonomic
Any activity that involves repeatedly turning the head from side to side
Chronic neck pain accompanied with arm pain and tingling or numbness may be a result of:
Cervical Bulging or Herniated Disc
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Gentle Chiropractic Techniques for Neck Pain
Chiropractic is considered as a first line of treatment for a number of cervical spine conditions. If you are experiencing neck, upper back, or shoulder/arm pain, chiropractic may be the solution.
Spinal manipulation aims to restore structure and function to the spine and other joints. Restoring good joint motion is essential for maintaining healthy discs and reducing pain, muscle spasm or tightness, and joint inflammation. When normal function is restored, you also benefit from improved muscle balance.
Your comfort and preferences are our top priority, so the chiropractic techniques used during treatment will vary from patient to patient. We will adjust our approach depending on your response to the treatment, as well as both past experience and observations made during the course of treatment.
During your consultation, we go over your health history, perform a physical examination, and review past, family, and social histories. Once our doctors thoroughly understand your condition, we create a health care plan specific to your needs and concerns. Your health plan may include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, spinal mobilization, manual traction, massage therapy, heat or cold therapies, and trigger point therapy.
Experience the Benefits of Chiropractic Care
We are very results oriented. Your chiropractic care plan will provide many benefits to your personal well-being.
Improved range of motion
Do exercises you couldn’t do before.
Restore your life force and regain health.
Reduced muscle tension
Get relief from tension headaches and more.
Less stress and anxiety
Improve your quality of life.
Relief from migraines
Get drug-free pain relief.
Reduced blood pressure
Restore blood flow, treat hypertension naturally.
Increased overall flexibility
Move joints, tendons, and ligaments freely.
Enhanced sleep quality
No more tossing and turning at night.
Get relief from acid reflux and heartburn.