The neck is supported by many ligaments and muscles and is made up of seven vertebrae. Debilitating neck pain usually occurs when the ligaments, muscles, and joints in the neck become inflamed or irritated. If you’re suffering from neck pain, an East Grand Rapids neck pain chiropractor at The Chiropractic Doctors can create a chiropractic care plan to provide freedom from pain, improve range of motion, and help prevent pain and discomfort in the future.
Different types of neck pain can range from a mild pain that’s easy to ignore to severe pain that can be very debilitating.
Neck pain can result in:
This type of pain is often caused by injuries, auto accidents, poor posture, whiplash, or falls.
In some cases, pain can resolve on its own, while in others, chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy will be necessary.
The neck is the most vulnerable part of the spine. Not only does the neck permit head rotation and support the weight of the head, but it also allows the free flow of nerve impulses to the rest of the body. Chronic pain can result from many types of everyday activities including sleeping in an awkward position, looking down at a phone, or working at a desk all day.
Severe pain can also result from a motor vehicle accident, sports injuries, or lifting weights. When a person is in an auto accident and sustains whiplash, mild to severe neck pain is very common. Herniated discs or bulging discs can press against the nerves in the neck, causing intense pain.
Functional distortions in the spine that result from vertebral fixations are the most common cause of neck pain. These subluxations are common in cases of joint instability, whiplash, and a reverse cervical curve.
Most of the nerves in the neck are located in the facet joints located on the back of each vertebra. These interlocking, smooth surfaces allow the head to rotate and bend up and down. If these joints become locked it can result in neck pain.
Regardless of your specific neck issue, a chiropractor can examine you and determine the source of the irritation.
Depending on the cause, treatment may include:
Chiropractic treatment can be a great way to relieve discomfort, swelling, and pain, without the use of addictive pain medication. Routine treatment can provide a patient with a safe, non-invasive treatment that can help them manage their pain.
At The Chiropractic Doctors, we can provide natural pain relief and spinal adjustments to reduce joint restrictions or correct misalignments. This is done to improve function and reduce inflammation of both the nervous system and the affected joints. By improving spine health, mobility, and nervous system function, the body has the ability to better manage persistent pain and discomfort in the neck.
At The Chiropractic Doctors, we provide complete care for families. We will perform a consultation and exam to determine the source of your pain and the underlying cause. Based on our findings, one of our chiropractors can provide safe, effective, drug-free chiropractic treatment for freedom from pain, and can help improve your mobility and quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and let us set you on your path to a pain-free healthy lifestyle.