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Chronic Neck Pain Relief
Your cervical spine, otherwise known as your neck, starts at the base of your skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, your cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which averages about 12 pounds. While your cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes your neck extremely vulnerable to injury or pain.
Your neck’s sensitivity to injury is partly due to your biomechanics. Activities and incidents that affect your cervical spine biomechanics include repetitive movement, extended sitting, accidents, falls and blows to your body or head, aging and everyday wear and tear. Chronic Neck pain can be extremely aggravating, and it can have an array of causes.
Common Neck Pain Causes:
Injury and Accidents: A forced, swift movement of your head or neck in any direction that results in a “rebound” in the opposite direction is called whiplash. The quick “whipping” movement injures your surrounding and supporting tissues of your neck and head. Your muscles counter by contracting and tightening, creating muscle fatigue, pain and stiffness. Serious whiplash can be identified with injury to your intervertebral joints, ligaments, muscles, discs and nerve roots. Automobile accidents are the most typical cause of whiplash. If you need neck whiplash treatment, seek help from Health Star Clinic in Birmingham.
Everyday Life: Obesity, poor posture and weak abdominal muscles generally disturb spinal balance, provoking your neck to bend forward. Stress and emotional tension can make your neck muscles tighten and contract, resulting in stiffness and pain. Postural tension can create chronic neck pain with symptoms lengthening into your upper back and shoulders. If you have chronic stiff neck or sore neck, seek help from the professionals at Health Star Clinic in Birmingham.
Spinal stenosis causes your small nerve passageways in your vertebrae to narrow, restricting your nerve roots. Stenosis can cause neck, arm and shoulder pain, as well as numbness, when your nerves are unable to function properly.
Osteoarthritis , a common joint disorder, causes gradual deterioration of your cartilage. Your body proceeds by developing bone spurs that affect your joint mobilities.
Degenerative disc disease can cause reduction in elasticity of your intervertebral discs. In time, your disc may herniate or bulge, causing numbness, tingling and pain that runs into your arm.
Chiropractic Treatments for Neck Pain
During your visit at Health Star Clinic, one of our chiropractic physician will execute exams to discover the origin of your pain and ask you questions about your present neck pain symptoms and remedies you may have already tried. For example:
- When did your pain start?
- What have you tried for your neck pain?
- Does your pain travel to other parts of your body?
- Does anything lessen your pain or make it worse?
Your chiropractic physician will also do a series of physical exams to examine your posture, range of motion and physical condition. Your chiropractic physician will observe your spine to note its alignment and curvature and feel for any muscle spasms. In some cases, your chiropractor might order tests to help diagnose your neck pain condition with x-rays or CAT scans.Our chiropractors are conservative care physicians who do not use drugs or surgery for pain relief. If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition outside of this conservative range, such as a neck fracture or disease, he or she will refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.
Chiropractic Treatments for Neck Pain
A neck adjustment is a specific treatment that is enforced to the joints in your neck. A neck adjustment works to enhance the mobility of your spine, reestablish range of motion and improve movement of your adjacent muscles. Health Star patients normally notice an enhanced ability to tilt and turn their head, reduced pain, stiffness and soreness after an adjustment.
Your chiropractic physician will create a program of care that may incorporate more than one type of treatment, depending on your individual needs. In addition to manipulation, the treatment plan may include physiotherapy, mobilization or rehabilitative exercises.
The professionals at Health Star will identify the source of the pain. Once our experts identify the source of the pain we can provide a customized treatment program designed for our patient’s pain needs. Contact Health Star Clinics to schedule an appointment.
Don’t Let Neck Pain Control Your Life. We Can Help.
We are confident that our treatment programs will help you even if other treatments have failed. Fill out our request appointment form to find out how we can help or call one of our clinics to learn more. Most major insurances are accepted.