The neck is a complex area and one of the most common things we see in the clinic. The cervical vertebrae are more moveable in general than the rest of the spine and the nerves from the neck run down the arms and into the hands. Many people develop neck pain following an injury or accident which can cause a dramatic or sudden change in the bone structure.
NECK PAIN CAUSES & TREATMENT WHAT CAUSES NECK PAIN?
Neck discomfort is typically caused by excessive muscular and tendon tension in the cervical region. A misaligned neck, which causes the head to tilt to one side or forwards, is frequently associated with neck pain. Have you ever heard the phrase “text neck”?
Text neck is a condition that results from spending too much time looking down at your phone, tablet, or other electronic devices. When you’re looking down, you’re bending your neck forward and putting a lot of stress on the muscles and ligaments in your neck. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and headaches.
Any of the scenarios mentioned previously may cause pressure on the neck muscles and can lead to compression of the discs and vertebrae. As a result, the neck area could possibly become sore, typically inflammation will set in, resulting in a reduced range of motion and mobility.
HOW CAN WE DIAGNOSE NECK PAIN?
To arrive at a diagnosis, we will administer neurological tests, mobility, and range of motion examinations. Using a nervo-scope, we check for inflammation along the vertebral segments and x-rays (if clinically required) can help us rule out anything sinister and help us give a prognosis for your problem. By compiling all measurements and data, we can get to the root of the problem.
Common Symptoms Of Neck Pain
Our patients report common symptoms of neck pain as follows:
- A sore and achy neck.
- A stiff neck.
- Pain that radiates.
- An extremely sharp pain.
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the neck.
- Whilst turning the head they are experiencing a reduced range of motion.
- Whilst lifting or gripping objects they may be feeling a loss of control or strength.
- Having difficulty moving the neck.
Whiplash is another common complaint we see, usually after they have been in a traffic accident or as a result of a sporting injury.
Effective Treatment Of Neck-Pain
Chiropractic adjustments can help you achieve correct alignment, which will then improve the shape of your cervical structure. This will promote all vertebrae to move properly and reduce inflammation.
Other adjustments may include modifying your workstation layout and adopting new habits in how you move your neck and head, speak with one of our chiropractors about it.
Should I Be Concerrned It May Be More Then Just A Neck Pain?
If you’re unsure about anything, always talk to your doctor should you have any worries or concerns. We always conduct a complete initial examination in order to arrive at a root cause diagnosis. If we notice anything during our initial examination that suggests there’s something wrong, we’ll refer you to a specialist as well.