NECK PAIN AND CAUSES
The neck, or cervical spine, is a coordinated system of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles. This collective group is directed by the brain and the spinal cord, and it supports your head, allows for movement, and is designed for strength, stability and nerve communication. Any abnormalities, inflammation or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.
Many people experience neck pain periodically. In many cases, it’s due to poor posture, overuse, or as a result of muscle strain or soft tissue sprain. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by an injury from a fall, auto accident injury, contact sports, or a sudden force such as whiplash. In other situations, neck pain can indicate a serious injury or condition such as cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical stenosis, cervical arthritis, or cervical herniated disc. While not common, neck pain can also be a signal of a serious underlying medical issue, such as meningitis or cancer.
ONSET OF NECK PAIN SYMPTOMS
Neck pain symptoms can vary widely. The pain may just be a mild irritation, or it could be so severe that a person avoids any excessive movement. Often, neck pain is located in one spot and goes away on its own. In other situations, the pain becomes constant or radiates into other body parts, such as the head, shoulders, arms, hands and legs. The onset of pain can occur:
- Slowly over time. Neck pain might start out as mild or only occur toward the end of a workday. But then it might recur and get worse with time.
- Immediately following an injury. For instance, neck pain could start right after a bike accident or having slept awkwardly on the neck.
- Delayed reaction after an injury. Neck sprain symptoms such as after an auto accident, might begin hours or a few days after the injury occurred. Some neck injuries can get worse over time.
- Suddenly without any prior signs. Sometimes neck pain can start in the middle of a normal day for no apparent reason.
Chiropractic Treatment for Chronic or Acute Neck Pain.
NECK PAIN TREATMENT
If you have any neck pain that continues for more than a week, is severe and interferes with your daily activities such as sleep, or is accompanied by other symptoms you need to seek treatment.
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for neck pain. Dr. Chris Hummel has helped many patients recover from neck pain. Hummel Chiropractic provides adjustments and many chiropractic services that help manipulate the neck and relieve muscle stress, increase range of motion, and improve muscle strength. Our goal is to help you recover from injuries and conditions more quickly. For a free consult and evaluation, call us at 314-838-8780.