Imagine waking up expecting to have a great day, but as you move your head, a jolting pain crawls from your shoulder up to your jawline. Definitely not a great way to start your day, right?
As painful and paralyzing as neck pain can be, it’s not unusual. Sometimes a good rub using a muscle balm can do the trick, but other times it brings you more than just discomfort.
It would be wise to seek the advice of a chiropractic professional once it has become a recurring event, or when you can’t deal with the stabbing pain anymore.
Neck pain may be the result of several other conditions like soreness from whiplash, a pinched nerve, or bad sleeping posture. Nevertheless, up to 80% of neck pain isn’t caused by grievous diseases, so you need not panic if you have a sudden discomfort from time to time.
Less severe neck pain is similar to a stiff neck and caused by poor posture during the day or sleep. Sleeping on the stomach can cause a stiff neck, as well as an uncomfortable pillow.
It’s a matter of overloading of the neck muscles, such as with hard work or driving for extended periods of time, and can further go up to the shoulders and back.
Aside from the worn-out neck joints, strains could also hurt, especially if the neck straining jobs occurs at an older age, which can result from osteoarthritis. Nerves may also cause pain in the neck. Arthritis causes bone spur, bony growths that put pressure on the nerves and trigger pain.
Sometimes neck pain is experienced as a symptom of an underlying condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, which causes pain in the neck as well as meningitis whose main symptoms are the sore and stiff neck. Your chiropractor can diagnose this, or make a referral to another specialist for you.
Direct injuries to the neck through a car accident or a blow to it can also lead to pain, as a sudden shock to the neck from side to side or back to front; will enable the soft tissue of the neck to stretch.
There’s a wide variety of tests you can go through to determine the most probable cause of your neck injury and find out how to fix it.
If you have neck pain and seek chiropractic, the doctor will check for the exact spot where the pain is felt, asks questions to find out the possible causes and then gives treatment.
Sometimes a test such as an X-ray may be required and test on the nerves. That would reveal certain condition such bone spurs, pinched or compressed nerves. An MRI would reveal more details of the nerves and spinal cord.
Hand-operated therapy is often done by manual stretching of your muscles, mobilizing your joints, and massaging your soft tissues to loosen the spasms.
Other interventions like neck flexor and upper back strengthening, manipulation, mobilization, and stretching can also have a positive effect to treat neck injury pain.
Although, when you’re experiencing dizziness, changes in hearing, double vision, nausea, or severe weakness or paralysis, it’s best you contact your physician or other specialists like San Pedro Chiropractic when it comes to neck pain to properly diagnose you.
A tense neck can be treated at home with steps, such as the provision of an ice or hot towel, depending on how long the pain is experienced. Continuous or recurrent pain should be treated by a chiropractor or an MD if the problem is from a non-tension related issue.
A doctor may prescribe medications such as painkillers and even muscle relaxants, chiropractors, however, take a drug-free approach and will likely use their hands to loosen the spine and muscles, show you stretches to do at home, and get your body moving so it can start to heal.
A patient may also be asked to use a neck brace to ease the pressure on the muscles, but it is typically only recommended for short-term use.
Chiropractic is a field of medicine that specializes in the treatment of disorders by focusing on the back, and chiropractors provide a hands-on solution, providing localized treatment for neck pain.
This form of therapy is specialized in the musculoskeletal system, and treatment is based on the mechanical adjustment of the spine, optimal shape, and condition of the body to restore good health.
Chiropractic is broadly accepted as safe and effective for a wide variety of spinal and musculoskeletal pains, if you have any concerns whatsoever please contact our office and schedule an appointment with the doctor.
Whiplash can occur in car accidents or sports and causes micro-tears in your cervical muscles because of the sudden acceleration or deceleration of your head. These tears don’t always happen in your muscles, but also your nerves.
Because of these micro tears, the result may get as worse as a persistent pain that can lead to dizziness and fatigue. It is imperative that you have yourself checked and cleared by your doctor before proceeding to a chiropractor.
Furthermore, therapy or rehabilitation for whiplash may take longer than other types of strain injuries. Although, it’s still essential that you will get yourself treated for progressive healing.
Manual whiplash therapy progresses as you move forward in the treatment. We start with gentle activities and posture modification, then eventually strength and stability exercises. This process will allow your soft tissues to heal over time.
Whiplash treatment also involves concussion and mental health specialists to help you recover from the trauma of the whiplash accident.
As common as it is, headaches can still be the ruin of your day. It doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, or what you do – headaches are one of the most common occurrences in anyone’s life.
But headaches can in truth be caused by neck pain that surges up to your head. The tension can even be greater than in your neck, making you think you have migraines. Here are 3 categories of a headache you should know about:
Headache Therapy from San Pedro Chiropractic And Posture can help strengthen your neck muscles to allow you to hold your head up without the spasms. We can also help you treat your headaches through manual traction which will help stretch the muscles in your neck region.
The San Pedro Chiropractic And Posture team has years of experience treating patients with muscular and skeletal pain. No matter how much you endure, rest assured, we will do everything we can to help relieve the pain. Call us NOW at 310-548-5656 for a neck pain adjustment and a FREE, 30-minute massage for the new patients!
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