Neck /Shoulder Pain and Degeneration of the Cervical Spine

Your neck, also called the cervical spine , begins at the base of the skull and contains seven bones called vertebrae. Incredibly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. Your neck has the ability to move your head in nearly every direction. While this freedom of movement makes life easier, it also makes the neck very susceptible to injury. Many of the normal things we do everyday push our necks towards injury including extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls, blows to the body or head, and everyday wear and tear. There are many causes of neck pain. Among the most common causes are whiplash, degeneration of the cervical spine, poor posture, stress, and diet.

neck-painLucky for you, our clinic is equipped to address all of these causes of neck pain! Whiplash is most commonly the result of an auto accident. This occurs when there is a sudden movement of the head or neck in any direction which results in a rebound in the opposite direction. Chiropractic care addresses the damage done to the soft tissues. It also addresses any spinal misalignments that may have resulted from the whiplash. Degeneration is preventable, but if you already have degeneration, chiropractic care is an excellent tool for managing the symptoms. Chiropractic care can even slow degeneration down or stop the process altogether. Our clinic specializes in restoring spinal curves and posture. We can address stress on the neck through the chiropractic adjustment as well as using nutritional supplementation for a better stress response.

During your visit we will perform exams to locate the source of your pain and will ask you questions about your current symptoms and remedies you may have already tried.

We will also perform physical and neurological exams. In the physical exam, we will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition. During the neurological exam we will test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes. We will also perform an x-ray which can show narrowed disc space, fractures, bone spurs, or arthritis.

Our primary treatment tool will be the chiropractic adjustment, specifically the neck adjustment. This is a precise procedure applied with light force to the joints of the neck. This is used to improve overall motion and to improve structure in the neck. The typically results in a reduction of pain, soreness, and stiffness; as well as an increased ability to move the neck. Acupuncture is another tool that we use in our clinic which is also highly effective.

A review of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain who had enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following the chiropractic adjustment. In a review published in JMPT, researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation. All groups in the studies showed positive changes that lasted up to 12 weeks post-treatment.

Don't let neck pain ruin another day. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today.



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