Neck pain is a burden that affects virtually everything you do. Whether is be turning your head when you hear your name, or trying to read before bed. Neck pain can be dull and achy or excruciating and sharp. It is often accompanied by tight, stiff muscles as well as headaches. Nonetheless, neck pain is annoying and affects everything you do.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be caused by posture, sleeping wrong, strained muscles or trauma. As humans today, we are spending more time than ever sitting in chairs and looking at screens. This is directly correlated with the number of cases of chronic neck pain that we see on a regular basis. The majority of the time, neck pain is a structural problem and is easily resolved with chiropractic care. Spinal structure and neck/upper back muscles are often the culprit for the pain and discomfort that you may be experiencing.
What About Whiplash Caused By a Car Accident?
Neck pain and car accidents go hand in hand. If you have been in a car accident, it is a good idea to have your spine evaluated as soon as possible. This usually includes X-rays to ensure no major structural damage has occurred. It is almost a guarantee that your neck will be sore and stiff, and you will not want to move it much as that likely causes pain. The sooner you begin treating your neck pain caused by a car accident, the more likely it is for you to ease the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Often times if you are working with an attorney in regards to a car accident, you will be referred to a chiropractor in order to help with the pain.
How We Treat Neck Pain
Being that neck pain is usually a musculoskeletal issue, we often treat neck pain by addressing the muscles and the skeleton (or the bones of your spine). That means we will often provide chiropractic adjustments aka manipulations, with soft-tissue therapies focused on relieving tension from tight, painful muscles while improving overall mobility. Neck pain can effectively be treated with adjustments, exercises, stretching, soft-tissue work, and in some cases mechanical traction.