Suffering From Neck Pain in Charlotte?
You know the old saying, “It's a pain in the neck”? Well, when you live with neck pain long enough, you know its important to find the best chiropractor in Charlotte. Neck pain can make even the simplest of movements involving the neck, head, arms, shoulders, and back excruciatingly difficult. It can lead to headaches and difficulty using your body. Immobility resulting from neck pain can cause the muscles to become weak and to degenerate over time.
Understanding the root of your neck pain is a necessary step towards acquiring the treatment that will be effective in both short and long-term recovery. The following article looks at the causes of neck pain and explains how Charlotte chiropractic care can be a useful alternative to conventional treatments.
An estimated two-thirds of American adults are afflicted with neck pain at some point. If caught and addressed early, chronic neck pain and surgery can be avoided.
Your neck connects your spine with your skull, basically equivalent to a ten-pound bowling ball, making it vulnerable to certain stresses, injuries, and conditions that can cause you to feel neck pain and discomfort. The neck pain you’ve been experiencing could be attributed to the way you sit at your computer, a car accident, stress that is carried in your neck and shoulder muscles, a herniated disk, and even arthritis. Whatever is causing neck pain, it can be properly diagnosed and treated, but you have to take the action to get the help you need. When you’re in need of immediate neck pain relief, call on the professionals at Priester Chiropractic.
Poor posture causes misalignment of your spine. Chronic poor posture, like when you are in an awkward position for an extended period of time each day over many years (i.e. reading in bed, sleeping on stiff pillows, sitting in front of a computer, holding a phone up to your ear), can strain your neck and cause pain. Neck pain that results from poor posture tends to show up as aches and soreness in the muscles of your neck and arms. Those muscles may develop “knots,” or trigger points where the muscles have spasmed and won’t relax. Those muscles will pull on your neck in awkward directions and over time, your spinal column may become misaligned, develop subluxations, and neck pain. If left untreated, arthritis or compressed, fused, or herniated discs may develop, and now you have a much more serious problem.
Injuries / Sports Injuries
Whiplash occurs when your neck is violently moved back and forth or forward and backward. Inflammation caused by whiplash can cause prolonged pain, weakness, and limited function in your neck. Muscle spasms gradually develop in the minutes or hours after an injury, the major symptom being neck pain that comes on slowly.
Contact sports and car accidents can cause whiplash as well as a variety of injuries that cause neck pain. A “burner” or “stinger” is a minor injury to the nerves between your neck and shoulder that often occurs during contact sports. Spinal cord injuries may also manifest as neck pain. These may result in pain and numbness in your neck, shoulder, arms, and legs. Such injuries should be evaluated immediately by a doctor.
The Spinal Connection
If your neck pain involved radiculopathy, throbbing pain and/or numbness that radiates from your neck down into your arm, you may have a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve in your neck usually results from a herniated disk.
Spinal stenosis also could make your neck hurt. Spinal stenosis is characterized by narrow nerve openings around the spinal cord or other nerve roots. Its symptoms are similar to those of a pinched nerve, with pain that can radiate into the arms and cause decreased muscle size over time. In some cases, a bone or spinal-cord tumor can result in unexplained neck pain.
Chiropractic care incorporates a broad range of modalities to treat neck pain depending on the source, and a good chiropractor will perform a thorough history and physical evaluation and determine the proper course of action. There are some serious conditions and injuries that can result in neck pain, and Dr. Plese will not hesitate to refer you if he cannot help you. It is a good idea to consult with your doctor if you have pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, or other neck symptoms associated with a fever and malaise that aren’t going away. With the right diagnosis and treatment, you may be able to get rid of that pain in the neck once and for all.
Neck Pain Treatment in Charlotte
Although the neck is a relatively small area of the body, it is comprised of some complicated structures which do the important job of holding your head up. The small size of the vertebrae of the neck allows for a lot of mobility, but can also make the neck more vulnerable to injury and pain. Some of the causes of neck pain include:
- Trauma, such as whiplash
- Sleeping position
- Poor posture
- Repetitive stress
- Abnormalities in the bone structure
- Joint issues
- Muscle strains and pulls
Most of these issues are either caused by, or impact, the alignment of the spine. When muscles in the neck go into spasm, the spine gets pulled out of alignment. When the spine is misaligned, the nerves become irritated and cause further tension and other systemic problems. Because every nerve in the body has its root in the spinal column, issues that have their source at the neck can have a major impact throughout every other system.
Many people let spinal problems go uncorrected in Charlotte. They hope that if they wait long enough the pain will simply go away. In some cases it will go away, but the misalignment that caused the problem is usually still there. Over time, that area can become aggravated, and the pain can return. If the problem is not corrected it can become much more serious. Some patients let things go to the point where surgery may be the only option.
Conventional vs. Holistic Treatments
Most commonly, people try to deal with their neck pain using prescription or over-the-counter medications. This may help to relieve the symptoms in the short-term, but not only are patients dealing with side effects, the underlying issue goes unaddressed. Massage Therapy has become more popular over the years and this can help to relieve some muscle tightness. If the issue is in the bones or joints, the problem will remain.
Chiropractic treatment is a holistic practice that addresses the structural cause that leads to the majority neck pain. Following a thorough chiropractic assessment aimed at ruling out other issues and finding the exact source of the problem, a personalized recovery plan is developed. Gentle adjustments to the spine can bring instant relief and restore long term health to the neck and the entire body. Call our team at Priester Chiropractic today to set up a consultation and bring an end to the pain in your neck.
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