Optimum Wellness Solutions provides neck pain relief in Richardson, TX. Call 972-671-2225 to learn more or schedule your first appointment.
The neck, or cervical spine, consists of seven small vertebrae from the base of the skull to the shoulders. It supports the head, which weighs an average of 12 pounds. The neck is extremely flexible, allowing you to move your head in almost any direction, but it is also highly susceptible to injury and pain. There are numerous causes for neck pain, including but not limited to:
Accidents: Whiplash occurs when the head or neck experiences a sudden, forced movement and rebound in the opposite direction. This can injure the supporting tissues, causing the muscles to painfully contract. Whiplash can also cause injuries to the discs, joints, ligaments, and nerve roots. The most common cause of whiplash is an automobile accident.
Aging: All parts of the body are susceptible to wear and tear as part of the natural aging process. Since the neck is so flexible, it is particularly prone to wearing down.
Osteoarthritis: This common joint disorder causes cartilage deterioration that worsens over time. The body frequently compensates by creating bone spurs, which can affect motion and cause pain.
Spinal stenosis: This condition causes narrowing in the small nerve pathways inside the vertebrae. Pain and numbness in the neck, shoulder, and arm can result from the nerves becoming compressed and trapped.
Degenerative disc disease: This chronic condition reduces the height and elasticity of the discs between the vertebrae. Discs may eventually herniate, or bulge, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling that may run down the arm.
Daily life: Obesity, poor posture, and a weak core can throw the spine off balance and the neck out of alignment. Tension and emotional stress can cause chronic tightening in the muscles. Over time, pain can become chronic and even extend into the arms and upper back.
At your first appointment, your chiropractor will perform a detailed analysis to pinpoint the source of your pain. Expect quite a few questions regarding the nature and duration of your pain, as well as activities that trigger or alleviate your pain. You will also undergo a physical and neurological exam in which your doctor will check your posture, range of motion, spinal alignment and curvature, reflexes, and muscle strength. You may also need tests ranging from x-rays to a CT scan or even an MRI. If a fracture or an organic disease is found or suspected, your chiropractor might refer you to a medical doctor for follow-up.
Neck adjustments, or cervical manipulations, are the most common chiropractic solution to neck pain. Your doctor will use his or her hands to precisely adjust the joints of the neck, improving spinal mobility, reducing pain, and restoring range of motion.
In addition, you might need complementary techniques such as massage and rehabilitative exercises. At Optimal Wellness Solutions, we have a repertoire of approximately 30 different rehabilitative techniques. Your chiropractor will create a detailed, individualized treatment plan that is designed to meet your personal treatment goals.
If you are ready for long-lasting relief from your neck pain, call Optimum Wellness Solutions today at 972-671-2225 to learn more or schedule your first visit.