Neck pain is a common problem that chiropractors often see and treat. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases, such as degenerative disc disease, neck strain, whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain. Neck pain symptoms can range from sharp, shooting pain in the neck to a more dull ache. Neck pain can also severely limit your range of motion and ability to turn your head from side to side. Neck pain and loss of range of motion can make many tasks much more difficult, such as driving and looking in your mirrors. Many patients with neck pain will notice sleep problems, decreased energy and sinus congestion. All these functions are controlled in your upper neck and brain stem and can be severely affected if your neck is subluxated or out of correct alignment. Another common symptom with neck pain is having radiating pain from the neck down into the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Sometimes there can be radiating pain that goes up into your head and scalp; this can be a common cause of tension or cervicogenic headaches.
Chiropractic is great at treating neck pain. There are seven vertebrae that make up your neck. These seven vertebrae collectively make up your cervical spine. There are spinal nerves coming out from the vertebral column at each of the seven levels. If there is pressure on the nerves coming off of your neck, symptoms can arise affecting muscles of your neck. We see many patients with these kinds of problems and have had great success in treating these patients. Chiropractic offers a unique and valuable mechanical approach to a wide range of cervical or neck problems. Chiropractors do not 'twist' the neck or perform painful maneuvers. Manipulation or adjusting as performed by chiropractors is a precise and gentle therapy whose aim is to return motion to restricted spinal joints and to improve the overall mechanics of the spine.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neck pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. In addition, a significant amount of evidence shows that the use of chiropractic care for certain conditions can be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care.