Neck Pain Treatment

Dr. Oscar Noriega DC

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN

Neck pain is a common problem that affects millions of people each year. Due to bad posture or a previous whiplash, neck pain can become a nightmare if not treated on time.

A chiropractor in Murfreesboro can heal Most neck pain can be healed without surgery since it is often linked to a neck vertebrae misalignments. Treatment depends on the underlying root cause such as osteoarthritis or spinal misalignments.

Read this article completely to understand symptoms, causes, and treatment of neck pain, and how we can treat your neck pain.

TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN

There is a difference between harmless and serious neck pain. Harmless neck pain is usually linked to activities leading to fatigue in the neck, such as watching TV, spending a lot of time on the computer or cell phone, or bad sleeping posture. This can be treated with self care at home like ice packs, OTC pain medications and rest. 

Severe neck pain however can be a sign of degenerative disease and appears gradually. It often progresses as a pain that radiates down the arm, making holding small utensils or writing difficult. Frequently this type of pain increases as the day progresses.

This pain should not be neglected. Steroid injections may provide some pain relief. However, you should see a chiropractor immediately if your neck pain does not improve over a few days or worsens. 

We will use chiropractic adjustments to resolve the problem and restore your neck joint mobility. Spinal manipulations help with the cervical spine alignment to reduce the pressure on your nerves so that you feel better.

SYMPTOMS OF NECK PAIN

Neck pain is also called “cervicalgia” by experts because it involves the cervical spine. The problem may be acute or chronic, mildly annoying to severe, and often makes it hard to move the neck or head. 

Neck pain symptoms can range from dull stabbing or sharp in nature. Additionally, cervical pain often exhibits a constant aching neck, numbness, tingling, and stiffness. Some people may experience severely limited neck movement, which is known as torticollis.

TYPES OF NECK PAIN

Neck pain can be acute or chronic, depending on how long it lasts.

  • Acute neck pain consists of pain that appears suddenly, in a few hours, and is uncomfortable. It is mostly due to excessive muscle tension in the neck, either from bad posture or after prolonged straining of the neck muscles.
  • Chronic neck pain is usually related to a medical condition such as osteoarthritis, herniated discs, or cervical spondylosis. It can progress to a tingling or numbing sensation in the arms or hands, and possible back pain. Chronic pain can last for months, even years.

CAUSES OF NECK PAIN

The reasons why the neck hurts are many, from poor posture, accident-related injuries, sudden force or impact to the neck to age-related degenerative diseases.

Here are some of the causes:

  • Prolonged neck strain
  • Sleeping in the wrong position
  • Muscle spasm
  • Herniated disc
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Untreated accidents
  • Sports Injury
  • Wearing heavy necklaces
  • Age-related cervical degeneration such as arthrosis

LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING NECK PAIN

Along the cervical spine are the nerve roots of many spinal cord nerves, necessary for breathing, upper extremity movement and sensation, and even leg movement.

Ignoring any neck pain can lead to problems in a range of motion, coordinating movements of either the arms or legs, back pain, and compromising one’s ability to sense the severity of a serious underlying condition. 

Serious consequences can occur when degenerative arthritic joint changes cause neck pain. 

TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF

You might be wondering, ”What can you do at home to relieve neck pain?” Here is some advice that many specialists suggest at home:

Self-care at home:

  • Since most neck pain is muscular, almost all patients feel relief when they take over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Heat therapy with alternating cold packs for five minutes, thrice a day, helps
  • Home stretches. Recommended after the pain has begun to improve, mainly to stimulate better circulation to the muscles
  • Gentle massages on the neck to relieve muscle tension

HOW REVOLUTION HEALTH CENTER CAN HELP

Neck pain is a more common problem than we think, affecting almost 80% of people. You should pay attention to it before it interferes with your daily life, work, and enjoyment. Dr. Oscar Noriega DC and other chiropractors at Revolution Health Center use the latest techniques, massage, and cervical manipulation to bring fast relief.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NECK PAIN

Are chiropractors experts at treating neck pain?

Chiropractic care is safe and effective in the treatment of neck pain, say specialists Dein Vindigni and Laura Zark in their study Chiropractic treatment of older adults with neck pain with or without headache or dizziness.

Chiropractic care is especially beneficial for neck pain caused by imbalances in the spinal cord, such as herniated discs or cervical spondylosis. It is also useful in treating neck pain caused by excessive muscle tension and poor posture.

Will I get medical insurance coverage for neck pain?

Health insurance usually covers chiropractic care. We will assist you with contacting your insurance company to find out about your health insurance coverage.

How can I get quick neck pain relief?

If you wonder how to reduce neck pain quickly, it is with gentle effective chiropractic adjustments like chiropractic manipulation.

Is neck pain a symptom of infection?

Although very rare, pain in the back or side of the neck may be a sign of infection if it appears with fever, malaise, loss of appetite or weight, and gets worse over days.

What are the possible causes of base neck pain?

Common causes of neck pain are muscle strains, poor posture while working or watching TV, spending too much time computing, sleeping in the wrong way, even osteoarthritis, and cervical spondylosis.

Why may the base of my skull be hurting? 

There may be pain in the neck  when there are strains or spasms in the base neck muscles that help the head move. This can be due to eye strain, spending a lot of time on the phone or computer (stooped posture), or from trauma like whiplash. The right treatment can help provide cervical pain relief.

What are the symptoms of severe neck pain? 

Neck pain is considered severe when it does not improve with medication, gets worse over time, limits life or exhibits other symptoms such as loss of weight and appetite, fever or arm weakness.

What are the warning signs of neck pain?

Neck pain is a concern when it gets worse over time, limits your arm and finger movements, is associated with paralysis or paresis of the arms, fever, and other symptoms such as weight loss and fatigue. It is better to consult your chiropractor in such situations.

What is the best position to sleep in to avoid neck pain?

First, check your mattress; it may be one of the causes of neck pain. It is better to use an orthopedic mattress. Second, sleep with a good pillow that aligns your neck with your back and the rest of your body. The pillow should be comfortable and supportive. 

And third, sleep in a comfortable position, preferably on your back with a thin pillow on your side or between your knees. 

Can I get neck pain if I have high blood pressure?

Neck pain is related to many conditions that even high blood pressure may be a cause. However, it is likely that those suffering from high blood pressure also experience other symptoms, such as feeling warm, sweating, choking sensation, and chest pain.

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