Many factors can contribute to neck pain, including:
Unlike the spine in the upper and lower back, the neck portion of the spine — called the cervical spine — lacks the strong muscular support provided by the back muscles. Your neck is also subjected to a far greater range of motion in virtually all directions than is the rest of the spine. At the same time, the neck must support the weight of the head — all 11 pounds of it — and it can also be affected by problems in the arms, shoulders, and back.
In addition to sharp pain or aching in and around the neck, neck pain is often accompanied by symptoms like:
Neck pain symptoms can range from mild to severe, and without proper treatment and management, they can become debilitating over time.
Neck pain treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, as well as hands-on techniques aimed at identifying the source of pain and other symptoms.
Because most neck pain involves nerve impingement or irritation, treatment typically focuses on relieving these issues by gently adjusting and realigning the spine.
Manual techniques can also help optimize nerve signaling to decrease and eliminate painful sensations while promoting better circulation to relieve inflammation and stimulate natural healing.
Having routine chiropractic evaluations with spinal adjustments is one of the best ways to prevent neck pain from occurring or recurring. Spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can keep the cervical spine properly aligned so excessive stresses, and strains can be prevented or quickly relieved.
Improving your posture, avoiding prolonged periods of time bent over cell phones and other electronics, using a supportive pillow when sleeping, and practicing gentle stretching exercises at home and work are lifestyle changes that can help prevent neck pain.
It’s also important to avoid carrying overstuffed backpacks, briefcases, and purses, and to take frequent breaks at work or when studying.
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