Neck pain is the third most common cause of chronic pain, and some estimates say more than 1 in 10 people are suffering from it at any given time. More than a quarter of Americans report being affected from pain in this area of their body, leading many to turn to dangerous painkillers that don’t address the cause.
How can you successfully treat my neck pain?
Using a variety of diagnostic tools, your chiropractor will first uncover the cause of your neck pain. Once the cause is determined, he or she will develop a customized course of treatment designed not only to alleviate pain and restore range of motion, but also correct the cause through ergonomic posture retraining, spinal manipulation, and physical therapy, if needed.
Many people are concerned about having their neck adjusted by a chiropractor; however, neck manipulation is associated with tension release, increased range of motion, and pain relief. When performed by a trained chiropractic professional, neck adjustments are a precise and gentle pinpoint treatment designed to correct spinal restrictions and return the cervical spine to its optimum state.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain can occur anywhere from the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your head. It typically occurs in individuals between the ages of 18-64, and is more commonly reported by females than males. Symptoms may include:
- Soreness or tenderness in a general area
- Sharp or stabbing pain in one spot
- Muscle spasm
- Pain that radiates down into the shoulders, arms, or fingers, or up into the head
- Numbness or weakness in the arm or leg
- Skin redness
- Swollen glands in the neck
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can arise from any number of conditions, and it is up to your chiropractor to pinpoint the cause. Some of the most common causes include muscle strains, sprains, or tension, whiplash from a car accident, a herniated disc in the neck (cervical spine), sports injury, sleeping in the wrong position, poor posture, and repetitive motions.