What is neck pain?
Neck pain can be so mild that it is merely annoying and distracting.
Or it can be so severe that it is unbearable and incapacitating.
Most instances of neck pain (and stiffness) are minor and commonly
caused by something you did. That is, if you keep your head
in an awkward position
for too long the joints in your neck can "lock" and the neck
muscles can become painfully fatigued. The price you pay for carelessness
in how you position your head and neck (say, while working, watching
TV, using a computer, reading a book, or talking on the phone with the
receiver held against your shoulder and under your chin), is a pain
in the neck. You may be one of the many unfortunates who, after a long
and tiring day, has "harmlessly" fallen asleep in a
chair or in bed with your head propped up, only to awake with
and painful neck. Fortunately, most minor, posture-induced neck
clear up on their own after rest and efforts not to repeat the
offending stresses on the neck.
But neck pain that just won't go away after a day or so is a more serious
matter. Neck pain that lasts for many days or keeps coming back is a
signal that something isn't right. Disease, an injury (such as whiplash
in an auto accident), a congenital malformation, or progressive degeneration
that can come with age may be responsible for the more significant pain
you experience. An expert must determine the underlying causes of such
neck pain. Examination, diagnosis and treatment by a doctor of chiropractic
can relieve your mind and may quickly relieve your pain.
from neck pain?
Almost everyone experiences some sort of neck pain or stiffness
at one time or another. Because you are human and walk upright,
head is "balanced" atop
your spinal column. If the muscles that support your head are
not kept strong and in good condition, the upper part of your
vulnerable to strains and injuries.
Older people, whose joints have been worn by much use over time, are
subject to osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease
or DJD). When this form of arthritis hits your back and neck, you feel
it as neck pain that gets worse over time. The pain may radiate into
your shoulders and arms, and you may feel numbness or tingling in hands
and fingers. Arthritis can also involve symptoms including headaches,
dizziness, and even a grating/grinding feeling when you move your head.
It is very important for your chiropractor to examine you to rule out
osteoarthritis or identify it and see that it is properly treated.
can chiropractic do?
Doctors of chiropractic have the training and skills to relieve your
neck pain, overcome stiffness, and restore the mobility and range of
motion of any frozen neck vertebrae. They are devoted to helping you
get back to your normal pursuits and start feeling like yourself again.
Perhaps their most important contribution is their ability to bring
their specialized diagnostic skills, techniques, and equipment to bear
in assessing what is causing your neck problems. Your chiropractor can
determine if you have a relatively minor and treatable condition or
a more serious underlying condition (from disease, degeneration, or
trauma) that may require more intensive, extended treatment or referral
to a specialist.
Your chiropractor will ask you for detailed information on your behavior,
posture, physical condition, and work and home environment He or she
will obtain x-rays and other diagnostic images to pinpoint which of
many possible causes is a responsible for your discomfort. Only then
will the appropriate treatment be recommended.
Once your normal feeling and function is restored, your
chiropractor will be available to keep the muscles and joints of
your neck and back in optimum condition to prevent recurrence of
neck pain and related life-restricting symptoms.