For the 10 to 15 percent of Australians who suffer from neck pain, the condition is not just a 'pain in the neck'! It can also lead to a number of other problems such as reduced range of motion, stiffness and muscle spasm, dizziness and pain radiating into the arm.
Pain can be acute or chronic and many patients suffer from repeated debilitating bouts that that make everyday tasks difficult or even impossible and necessitate taking time off work than can be financially costly.
Fortunately, Chiropractic care is suitable for most types of neck pain, bringing relief from the symptoms and treating the cause to reduce the risk of a future problem so please call Eastland Family Chiropractic on 03 9095 7990 to book an appointment today.
What are The Most Common Causes of Neck Pain?
Problems can be as a result of injury such as a herniated disc where the tough, outer layer of a disc tears causing the softer material inside to bulge, putting pressure on nerves that can cause pain numbness and weakness in the arms and/or shoulder as well as pain between the shoulder blades.
Degenerative changes can be a cause of neck pain:
- Discs can become thinner decreasing the space between vertebrae
- Conditions such as osteoarthritis can affect both the discs and the vertebrae
- Bone spurs can develop and cause pressure on nerve roots leading to numbness, weakness and pain
- The central canal through which the spinal cord passes can become narrower leading to pressure that can cause pain that radiates to the arms and is worsened by activity.
The most common traumatic cause of neck pain is a whiplash injury to the soft tissues of the neck sustained in a rear impact collision. Many people feel they have 'got away with it' immediately after a car accident because the symptoms of muscle spasms, shoulder and neck pain, headache and dizziness often take a couple of days to manifest.
Often, the cause of chronic neck pain is repeatedly performing the same neck movements, such as in office workers, sitting at a computer with head bent forward or in supermarket checkout workers who have to move their head from side to side all day. Movement worsens the pain of neck muscle strains and may be associated with painful muscle spasms and debilitating headaches.
What to Expect from Chiropractic Care for Cervical Pain and Injury
Bearing in mind that the cervical spine has to support the 12 lb weight of the head, all day, every day and enable it to move in any direction, it is hardly surprising that the neck is so susceptible to pain and injury!
On your initial visit to Eastland Family Chiropractic, we will take a medical and injury history, ask questions about your symptoms and whether anything you do makes the pain better or worse.
We use a number of chiropractic techniques to establish the exact cause of your neck problem. These include physical examination to determine your range of motion and discover which movements cause pain as well as neurological examination to test your muscle strength, reflexes and nerve changes. In rare cases when Chiropractic treatment is not applicable, we will refer you to a healthcare provider in the appropriate specialty to ensure the best possible outcome and resolution for you.
We can develop a program of conservative Chiropractic care that may combine different treatments such as manipulation, mobilization, exercises for you to do at home and perhaps nutritional supplementation. Taking prompt action may help to prevent your neck problem becoming chronic and may avoid the necessity for more invasive treatment such as surgery in the future.