Chiropractor for Neck Pain
Chiropractic for neck pain can restore your health and allow you to focus on enjoying your life. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to learn about chiropractic for your neck pain.
Biomechanics have a large part in why your neck can be susceptible to pain and injury.
Biomechanical problems can occur from:
- Degenerative disc disease, or spinal muscle weakness causing spinal imbalances
- Repetitive movements
- Sitting for a large part of the day
- Natural aging
- Blows to the head
- Osteoarthritis, a disorder of the joints from cartilage deterioration
- Daily life
Gentle Chiropractic Exams
When you visit your chiropractor they will ask questions about your symptoms and perform exams. These exams will help determine where your pain is originating from.
The chiropractor will then do a physical exam and neurological exam to assess your:
- Range of motion
- Spine alignment and curvature
- Pain points
- Nerve changes
- Pain spread: arms, shoulders, or face, etc.
- Muscle strength
Sometimes an x-ray or CT/CAT or MRI may be ordered. This would be the case if there needs to be a precise visualization of the affected area. These checks would be for a suspected fracture, bone spurs, arthritis, disc space, bulging or herniated discs, for example. Chiropractors in general use a gentle approach when working to restore spine health. They don’t use drugs or surgery and sometimes if issues are severe enough would refer out to a different specialist.
Even if your pain is very mild now, it may be worth getting assessed before your pain points can become more aggravated in the future. At the very least the exam will help you to know what you are dealing with and you can make small changes to your lifestyle as a countermeasure.
Adjusting Your Neck
Neck adjustments or cervical manipulations are applied by hand to your neck and muscles. A neck adjustment works towards restoring your range of motion in your spine and in adjoining muscles.
Patients usually feel less pain, stiffness, soreness, and improved range of motion in only one adjustment. Research shows that patients feel better up to 12 weeks post-treatment.Contact us to schedule an appointment for your neck pain today.
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Common Chiropractic Terminology:
Acute Back Pain
This is back pain from a recent injury or is endured for a short period of time. As opposed to chronic low back pain, which is persistent over an extended period of time.
Spinal adjustment and chiropractic adjustment are terms used by chiropractors to describe their approaches to spinal manipulation. An adjustment occurs when force is applied to a joint in order to increase mobility and change the alignment of bones in the body.
Chronic Back Pain
Back pain that persists for an extended period of time. Not treating pain when it initially occurs can lead to a problem becoming chronic in nature if the pain persists.
A condition which refers to a problem with a rubbery disc between the spinal bones. This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing and can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.
The location at which two or more bones make contact. They are constructed to allow movement and provide mechanical support for the human body.
A short band of tough, flexible fibrous connective tissue which connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint.
Massage is the gentle kneading of soft tissues used to increase circulation, decrease pain, relieve adhesions, and increase mobility.
Damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of the nerve or from the side-effects of systemic illness.
Pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve that can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg.
An injury in which both the muscles and ligaments of a specific joint or a region of the body have received damage. These injuries are commonly seen in car accidents, sporting accidents, whiplash injuries, etc.
A slight misalignment of the vertebrae, regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems.