Although less common than back pain, neck pain affects three quarters of Americans at some point in their lives, but up until recently, has had no known or proven first-line treatment. New research published in
The Annals of Internal Medicine has found that chiropractic care was more effective in reducing neck pain than taking medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or prescribed narcotics.
Our chiropractic office has an innovative and effective method to help with pain management when suffering from neck pain. Because our patients regularly inquire about frequently asked questions in regards to neck pain, we have put together this question-and-answer section for their benefit.
What Are the Main Causes of Neck Pain?
There are many reasons why people can suffer from neck pain. Some of the main causes include an injury such as whiplash, neck strain, sports injuries and just poor posture. But other potential causes are less obvious, including straining to reach the keyboard when working at a computer, sleeping incorrectly, slouching, misalignment in the cervical spine and compressed muscles and nerves.
What Should I Do If I Am Suffering from Neck Pain?
As you can imagine, there are a number of things that you can do to help alleviate the suffering from neck pain. For starters, it would be in your best interest to immediately visit with a chiropractor for a thorough examination to determine the actual cause of the pain. Chiropractors have far more training and experience in diagnosing and treating spine problems than your family doctor, who will probably only prescribe medication to cover up the symptoms, rather than fix the issue that is causing the symptoms.
A chiropractor will typically perform an adjustment or an alignment, if the cause of the problem is a misaligned vertebra (spinal bone). The adjustment can help relieve the pain and pressure on your neck. This can help you get immediate relief of pain and symptoms.
The reason why a chiropractor is the right choice is because they are highly trained to diagnose neck pain conditions. They are trained to treat musculoskeletal injuries and related conditions, which are the most common causes of experiencing pain in your neck.
How Can a Chiropractor Properly Diagnose Neck Pain?
The patient will need to come into the chiropractic office for an examination. The only way to properly treat this type of pain is to thoroughly diagnose the underlying cause. Once the main cause of the problem is identified, the chiropractor will be able put together a treatment plan to help correctly restore the proper alignment of the spine. But this can only happen once the root cause is diagnosed, which is why the initial examination is so important.
How Will a Chiropractor Treat Neck Pain?
For the most part, the chiropractor will perform a drug-free treatment that will consist of chiropractic adjustments. This is a gentle hands-on approach that is safe for everyone, including older adults and young children.
Chiropractors understand that people experience pain differently from one another. So a customized treatment is always the best way to help people overcome their neck pain.
The chiropractor may also recommend other therapies, such as physical therapy or home exercise and stretches. These can help support and strengthen the spine, allowing you to maintain the proper position of the vertebrae after the spine is adjusted.
The doctors of Chiropractic at ChiroCare™ will evaluate your neck pain and prescribe a treatment plan to help alleviate your discomfort. With gentle spinal manipulation, we can help relieve the problems in the spine that are causing your pain. Call us now to schedule your appointment and begin to feel better today!
Call 845-342-BACK (845-342-2225).