Fix Neck Pain. Repair Neck Injuries
While neck pain is sometimes regarded as a normal side effect of a busy life, you should not disregard it. There are many reasons for neck pain, some more serious than others. Neck pain can be the result of an accident, a trauma, poor posture, repetitive motions at work, and more. Here’s a look at what a visit to the chiropractor can do for your neck pain.
How Does It Work
Chiropractors use a series of movements to make adjustments to the cervical vertebrae. They typically use their hands or a specialized tool to perform the procedure. The idea is that the adjustments will help loosen stiff joints, realigning the bones in your neck. The term for spinal vertebrae that are out of alignment is subluxations. These subluxations can interfere with your central nervous system, causing pain and other side effects.
Before getting started with treatments, your chiropractor will perform a physical exam to determine the extent of your injuries. He or she will look at your entire spine, not just your neck, to determine the cause of the pain and discomfort. Your doctor may ask you to take a walk around the exam room to look at the way you are holding your body. Your overall posture and alignment may provide insight into the source of your pain.
Creating a Chiropractic Treatment Plan
Your chiropractic doctor will come up with a treatment plan based on your diagnosis. He or she will create a personalized plan to alleviate your symptoms and to fix the underlying causes of your neck pain. Chiropractic practice tends to consider holistic answers – and that’s why treatment involves more than the neck. Your plan may include instruction on your diet, posture, stress levels and other areas of your body as well as treatment for your neck. The idea is to treat the whole person for the best results.
Chiropractic care has many benefits for your body and your pain – and no drawbacks! It reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, and tenderness. It will also realign vertebrae that are out of place, correcting chronic issues. The benefits of chiropractic care do not stop at just your neck.
Chiropractors can’t fix all neck injuries. There are still some situations requiring you to head straight to the emergency room. If you have neck pain that also comes with a fever, nausea or vomiting, you may have meningitis. Meningitis is a serious infection involving the brain and the spinal cord. If there is any chance you do have it, you should head immediately to the ER.
If you have any pain or numbness radiating down into your shoulder, arms, or legs, this could be a sign of a slipped disk or a spinal cord injury. This condition requires the care of a neurologist or a neurosurgeon, so head to the hospital or ER if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
If you are experiencing neck pain, it is time for a visit to the chiropractor’s office. We would be happy to conduct a full evaluation to get started on your own personalized treatment plan. Contact our office today.