Typically, when people think about chiropractors they picture a doctor adjusting a patient’s neck or back. Most patients who walk through a chiropractor’s doors for the first time are usually brought there as a result of pain in the neck or back that doesn’t respond well to typical medical treatments. While your chiropractic team is able to treat a wide range of physical problems, one of the most common are those related to the cervical spine.
Causes of Neck Pain
There are a few reasons why a person’s neck would hurt, but they typically fall under three main categories:
- Injuries and accidents- Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to the neck area. It’s caused by the head whipping in one way and then the other. This leads to pain and stiffness in the area hours (or even days) after the original injury.
- Aging- Unfortunately, growing older can have an adverse effect on the neck. Some common age-related disorders include degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis, which can lead to chronic pain in the cervical spine.
- Lifestyle- As our society becomes more sedentary, it’s becoming more common for chiropractors to treat patients who have neck injuries as a result of obesity, weak abdominal muscles and obesity.
Treating Your Neck Pain
Your chiropractic team is able to treat neck pain, no matter what its origins are. Even better, your chiropractor can teach you ways to prevent the pain from returning at a later point in time.
Upon arriving at your chiropractor’s office for the first time, your doctor of chiropractic will ask you some specific questions about where your pain is located and when you began to first experience symptoms. After interviewing you, your chiropractor will perform a thorough physical exam to observe your range of motion, physical condition and posture.
After your examination, your chiropractor will explain what’s causing your pain and will most likely perform a cervical spine adjustment. A cervical spine adjustment is a very specialized procedure that’s applied to the joints of the neck. Your chiropractor will use his or her hands to help restore your range of motion and decrease the pain that brought you into the office.
Finally, your chiropractor will be able to explain ways that you can prevent pain in the future. If your pain is the result of an injury or lifestyle habit he or she will be able to teach you how to avoid reinjuring your neck through exercise or safety measures. Neck pain as the result of degenerative conditions can also be managed with the assistance of your chiropractor’s knowledge of nutrition and exercise.
Chiropractic care is a safe and healthy way to treat a variety of ailments, but it’s especially effective for treating neck pain. If you’re leery of going down the prescription pill path, chiropractic care can be a great alternative. Its safe, natural approach to health is a welcome relief from pain without the use of drugs or surgery.
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