Neck pain, or cervicalgia, is a condition that two-thirds of the population will have sometime during the course of their lives. Diagnosing the cause of neck pain is very important so that the proper treatment can be rendered. Neck pain can be caused by numerous medical conditions ranging from strained muscles in the neck and upper back to infection, meningitis, fracture or malignancy. Neck pain can have different etiologies and go by many different names. Some of these names include:
Cervical Disc Degeneration
Causes of Neck Pain
Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine is built to support the weight of your head, which is typically about 12 pounds. The cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction. It is this flexibility that makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. The vulnerability of the neck to injury is due largely in part to its biomechanics. Activities that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, computer work, repetitive movements, accidents, falls, blows to the body or head, normal aging, and every day wear and tear. The neck has many structures in it that are predisposed to injury from these activities.
Other possible contributing factors to having neck pain are poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles that often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness in the neck. Postural stress can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back and the arms.
Neck pain has many possible causes and when it persists requires a visit to a well qualified healthcare professional. It is never a good idea to wait and see if your neck pain will go away.
Importance of Early Intervention and Chiropractic Treatment
Early and accurate diagnosis of neck pain increases the likelihood of successful treatment. Our staff of physicians is well equipped and trained in finding the root cause of your condition. Once an accurate diagnosis is established, an individual treatment plan utilizing multiple treatment modalities is developed. In addition to chiropractic manipulative therapy, the treatment plan may include physical therapy, soft tissue mobilization, manual therapy, massage, rehabilitative exercises and stretches.
Knowing what is causing your neck pain is so important for not just treatment possibilities, but also for peace of mind. Neck pain can be debilitating and frightening when it does not self resolve. If you are suffering from acute or chronic neck pain, don’t delay and schedule an appointment (847-222-9060) to see one of our chiropractic physicians and get on the path to recovery.