The neck acts as a bridge between the torso and the head. It allows for neck motion and contains seven vertebrae. The neck relies on many ligaments and muscles for support. Often, neck pain stems from the inflammation or irritation of the ligaments, muscles, and joints in the neck.
The pain can range from easily ignored, moderate to severe, and debilitating. When you experience neck, pain combined with other symptoms, then it means that you need immediate medical and/or chiropractic attention.
General tenderness or soreness
Stiff neck with restricted range of motion
Radiating pain that can flow from the neck to the shoulders, head, arms, and even fingers
Concentrated stabbing or sharp pain
You will experience neck pain now and then, which is normal. This, however, does not mean that you should tolerate it. In most cases, neck pain results from poor posture, sleeping in an abnormal position, whiplash, and other injuries. In serious cases, it can result from tumors, infections, growth abnormalities, and even cancer.
Chiropractic care is an effective way to relieve and manage the discomfort and swelling your neck pain is causing. It is non-addictive and non-invasive. Also, it is considered a safe alternative to over-the-counter and prescription medication.
When you visit a chiropractor to seek relief from neck pain, he or she will deliver gentle therapy. Referred to as chiropractic adjustment, this type of therapy reduces joint misalignments or restrictions in the spine and other joints. This helps to improve function and reduce inflammation for both the nervous system and the affected joint.
By improving your nervous system and joint mobility, your body will have the ability to better deal with the discomfort or pain in your neck. The main benefits of treating neck pain with chiropractic care include increased activity and reduced discomfort and pain. Also, improved neck flexibility, a wider range of motion, and decreased inflammation.
Doctors of chiropractic treat a wide range of neck conditions. In addition to whiplash, they treat joint sprains, cervical sprains, and degenerative joint syndrome of the neck. They also treat cervical intervertebral disk injuries.
If you are experiencing neck pain, a chiropractor will evaluate your whole spine. This is because the spine can affect other regions of the neck, lower back, and mid-back. In addition to treating your spine, a good chiropractor will treat your whole person. He or she will not focus on your specific symptoms only.
Your chiropractor may also educate you on different issues, such as stress management, nutrition, and lifestyle goals. Before choosing a specific treatment approach for your neck pain, he or she will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the specific cause of your neck pain.
He or she will look at how you walk and determine areas of restricted movement. He or she will also look at your spinal alignment and overall posture. This physical exam will help him or her understand your precise body mechanics. Additionally, you will need to provide your past medical history. This will also help your chiropractor diagnose the exact cause of the neck pain you are experiencing.
To learn more about treating neck pain with chiropractic care, contact Atlantic Chiropractic Associates at (302) 309-9900 to schedule an appointment.