Not being able to get a good nights sleep due to neck pain can bring bouts of desperation. Every day life just doesn't seem as exciting.
Determining the root cause of your neck pain will speed up treatment time and reduce the risk of re-injuring it.
- Restricted joints/ muscles
- Repetitive stress
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of daily movement
- Poor nutrition
Here are some of the most common neck conditions we see in our office.
Movement is painful to unbearable, sleep is disturbed, and symptoms in the upper back and shoulder region may accompany local pain and spasm.
Muscle spasms can occur due to repetitive overuse or after a sudden and jerky movement.
Cervical disc herniations most commonly occur after sudden or jerky movements. They can also gradually occur after not moving for a prolonged period of time.
Pain is usually described as sharp or shooting pain, and the patient can possibly feel numbness, burning, tingling, or weakness into the arm(s). Coughing or sneezing could also provoke disc herniating symptoms as well.
Cervical sprain/strain is the most common injury we see in our office, and can sometimes be accompanied by headaches.
The main reason why these are common comes down to one word: TRAUMA. Sprain/strains can be seen after:
- Auto accidents
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive overuse
Most of these cases are impossible to avoid, but with proper treatment, exercise plan, and education; you can reduce the risk of injury, or re-injury.
Cervical radiculopathy is described as sharp or shooting pain that can be accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness into the arms.
In the younger population, it is usually the result of a disc herniation or a traumatic injury resulting in impingement of a nerve.
This usually occurs in the older population due to normal age changes; though it may not be symptomatic the majority of the time.
Certain movements such as extension, lateral bending and rotation towards the same side can increase the intensity of the impingement, while symptoms may be relieved by lifting the arm which decreases the tension at the nerve root.
Pain stemming from the facet joint is a dull or achy feeling that's often worse when looking all the way back (aka neck extension).
Repetitive stress, joint irritation, and biomechanical dysfunctions are possible contributors to facet mediated pain.
The chiropractic adjustment and proper exercise are excellent tools for managing facet syndrome.
Our goal is to not only provide you with the correct diagnosis, but determine the root cause of your injury and create an individualized treatment plan specifically for you.
Treatment for neck pain consists of:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Soft tissue treatment
- Exercise rehabilitation