Our modern living often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which can put a lot of strain and tension through our neck and shoulders. Neck pain is a common condition from modern living that chiropractors can help ease the symptoms of.
Neck pain may be aggravated by abnormalities in muscles, ligaments (soft tissues) nerves, as well as in the bones and the joints of the spine.
The most common causes of neck pain that chiropractors identify and treat are:
Muscle or ligament strain/sprain
Postural related neck pain
Repetitive strain injuries
Dysfunctional joints in the neck.
The neck is essentially a narrow structure, that houses a vast majority of nerves that connect your brain to your body.
Losing motion of the neck through stiff joints and muscles can, in turn, lead to pain and sometimes a nerve irritation, we call this mechanical neck pain.
What are the symptoms of a trapped nerve in the neck?
Nerve irritation can refer pain away from the neck area, such as your arms and between the shoulder blades.
Our chiropractors will use specific orthopedic testing as well as muscles test to determine your diagnosis.
What is involved in the treatment?
Here at the clinic, we use a wide range of treatments for your neck pain, it does depend on the diagnosis.
We routinely use:
Trigger point therapy,
Patients can be nervous of manipulation to the neck, which we can understand, however, find it very effective for mechanical neck pain.
Our highly trained chiropractors assess and chat through your treatment options with you.
Types of neck pain
Acute neck pain
Acute neck pain is characterised by sharp, stabbing pains, along with muscle spasm and restriction of movement. These acute spasms can come and go over a period of weeks or months, that is the time we find is the best time to get the injury resolve before the neck become chronically tight.
Acute neck pain may also be known as 'torticollis' or 'Wryneck'.
These attacks of neck pain can affect the young and babies as well as adults.
Chronic Neck Pain
Pain is classified as chronic when you have had pain for 12 weeks or more and presents as achy tight muscles and stiff joints throughout the neck and shoulders on movement or resting at night.
As we get older, wear and tear may contribute to neck pain, the discs, which are shock-absorbing pads between the vertebrae can narrow with age and can cause stiffness and pain also.
Our chiropractors will refer you for an x-ray if we feel this is necessary.
Trauma and injuries
Car accidents, falls and sports can give rise to neck pain. These are forceful events to the neck which generally means we cannot brace ourselves to prevent damage to our neck.
Chiropractic treatment can help with stiffness and soreness which can be caused by postural problems and stress and tension