Whether it’s brought on by poor posture, osteoarthritis, chronic stress, or a whiplash injury, neck pain is one of the most common physical complaints. Although many people choose to mask persistent neck pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, the problem often gets worse over time. Luckily, you don’t have to live with chronic neck pain — Michael R. Lodes, DC, and the team of experts at Lodes Chiropractic Center can help you relieve ongoing or sporadic neck pain safely, effectively, and naturally. Call their Wilmington, Delaware, office or book an appointment online today.
Neck Pain Q & A
What causes neck pain?
The seven small bones, connecting joints, spinal discs, surrounding connective tissues, and supporting muscles that make up your cervical spine allow you to hold up your head and move it with ease. Although your neck is strong and flexible, it’s also susceptible to a variety of injuries and conditions that can limit your range of motion and cause stiffness and discomfort.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Osteoarthritis is an age-related wear-and-tear condition that causes the cartilage between the bones in your neck to break down. Over time, this can lead to the development of painful bone spurs.
Poor posture or alignment
Muscle strain is a major cause of neck pain, and it usually comes from spending too much time hunched over a smartphone screen. Ongoing neck pain can also come from a misalignment in your lumbar spine that causes your cervical spine to compensate and shift off-center.
Cervical stenosis, an age-related condition that occurs when the spaces within your spinal canal become narrower, can cause nerve-related neck pain; a herniated disc, bone spur, or anything else that irritates the nerves in your cervical spine can cause the same kind of pain.
This common neck injury happens when a forceful movement causes your head to rebound, compressing your cervical spine and injuring your soft tissues. This serious injury can cause long-lasting neck pain, stiffness, and restricted mobility.
Why should I investigate chronic neck pain?
Minor neck problems may cause comfort, stiffness, or soreness, but these symptoms usually subside in a relatively short amount of time. Moderate, severe, or progressive neck problems, on the other hand, usually cause ongoing pain that worsens as time goes on.
Left untreated, chronic neck pain often leads to uncomfortable muscle spasms, headaches, and a reduced range of motion. If you’ve been experiencing neck pain for a few weeks or longer, don’t wait for your symptoms to worsen or multiply — make an appointment with Dr. Lodes as soon as possible.
How is neck pain treated?
Chiropractic care works on many levels to provide instant and long-term neck pain relief: It reduces inflammation, initiates soft tissue repair, and restores optimal alignment. It also helps your muscles re-establish normal firing patterns by easing the muscle guarding patterns caused by chronic pain.
Dr. Lodes takes a comprehensive, whole-person approach to neck pain, which means he evaluates the extent of your condition, checks for any underlying trauma, and develops a customized treatment plan to ensure you receive efficient and effective care. Your plan may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Therapeutic massage
- Low-level laser therapy
- Spinal decompression
- Physical therapy exercises
To find out how chiropractic care can help your neck pain, call Lodes Chiropractic Center or schedule an appointment online today.