Neck Pain

16 May 13 - 01:19 PM

The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear.

Some neck conditions that can improve with chiropractic care are:

  • Cervical intervertebral disc injuries 
  • Cervical sprain injuries
  • Degenerative joint syndrome of the neck
  • Facet joint sprain
  • Whiplash
  • Acute torticollis
  • Spinal joint restriction syndromes
  • Chronic neck pain

Chiropractors rely on nonsurgical, conservative care techniques to address both the mechanical and the neurological causes of neck pain. This may include:

  • Specific spinal manipulation - To improve the mobility of the spine and to restore range of motion; it can also increase movement of the adjoining muscles. Patients typically notice an improved ability to turn and tilt the head, and a reduction of pain, soreness, and stiffness.
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy
  • Instrument-assisted manipulation
  • Manual joint stretching and resistance techniques
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Inferential electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle changes Prevention is the most effective treatment for neck pain, so learning to use good mechanics and the maintenance good posture can be far more therapeutic.
  • Rehabilitative exercises

Recent Study- Neck Pain

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy from a Chiropractor, pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57% of those who met with Chiropractors and 48% who exercised reported at least a 75% reduction in pain, compared to 33% of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53% of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75% reduction in pain; compared to just 38% pain reduction among those who took medication. -- Annals of Internal Medicine, Bronfort et al. (2012)

Early Chiropractic assessment and intervention is the most important part in helping patients achieve the safest and fastest results possible.

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Neck Pain