Neck Pain

Neck Pain Specialist
Neck pain has become increasingly more common in recent years as more and more people spend long hours bent over cell phones and other electronics. At her practice, Bloomingdale Chiropractor, in Bloomingdale, Illinois, Dr. Katie Bendis uses state-of-the-art technology to assess neck pain and related symptoms, and help patients find relief while restoring their normal range of motion.

Neck Pain Q&A

by Katie Bendis, DC

What are the most common causes of neck pain?

Many factors can contribute to neck pain, including:

  • Overuse and repetitive use
  • Poor posture and poor ergonomics
  • Carrying heavy bags or uneven loads
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis and other spine-related conditions
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Chronic stress

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.

What other symptoms are associated with neck pain?

In addition to sharp pain or aching in and around the neck, neck pain is often accompanied by symptoms like:

  • Pain or aching in the upper back, shoulders, or upper arms
  • Numbness, tingling, or “pins-and-needles” sensations in the neck, shoulders, upper back, arms, or hands
  • Electricity-like shooting pain from the neck into the shoulders or upper back
  • Chronic headaches
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders

Neck pain symptoms can range from mild to severe, and without proper treatment and management, they can become debilitating over time.

How does Dr. Bendis treat neck pain?

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.

Can I do anything to prevent neck pain?

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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