Neck Pain Treatment in Overland Park, KS
The neck, also known as the cervical spine, is a pretty amazing thing. Beginning at the base of the skull and containing seven vertebrae the seemingly delicate cervical spine manage to support the head, which, on average in an adult, weighs 10-14 pounds. Your neck also allows you to move your head in almost every direction. Unfortunately, it is this flexibility that makes the neck so susceptible to injury and pain.
Neck pain, which will affect 8 in 10 American adults at some point in their life, can, at best, be bothersome and at worst debilitating. And there is no one cause of it. Here though are some of the most common causes of neck pain:
Injuries and Accidents
A quick, forced movement of the neck in any direction that causes it to ‘rebound’ in the opposite direction is medically known as whiplash, as the whipping motion injures the surrounding tissues of the neck and head. Whiplash can be minor, causing headaches and dull neck pain and stiffness, or it can be more serious, resulting in joint damage, nerve damage or even displaced discs. Car accidents are the most common cause of this type of injury but it can occur in a number of other ways as well.
As we age, humans become more susceptible to degenerative disease and some of them can directly affect the cervical spine. Conditions like osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease can all cause chronic neck pain.
Most people’s busy lives are not always very kind to their neck. Poor posture when working at a desk all day, excess body weight, stress and emotional tension can all translate into chronic neck pain and sometimes into back pain as well.
Chiropractic Care of Neck Pain
As neck pain can impact your life on a daily basis, you owe it to yourself to so more to try and treat it than rely on ice packs, aspirins and wishing it away. Effective neck pain treatment does not have to involve surgery or heavy narcotic drugs though, there is, for most people, a safer, gentler way; chiropractic care.
Chiropractors make great use of neck adjustments when treating neck pain. A neck adjustment – which is also sometimes called a cervical manipulation – can do several different things. It can be used to improve the mobility of the neck and help restore a better range of motion and it can also increase the function of adjoining muscles. In more basic terms after they are treated in this way, many patients notice that their ability to turn and tilt their head is increased and there is a noticeable decrease in pain and stiffness.
If you are suffering from neck pain, a personalized consultation with a chiropractor may be the beginning of the relief you’ve been seeking. At Nigus Chiropractic, we take the time to develop individualized treatment plans for every patient we see, so why not call or contact us today and get back on the road to a pain-free neck?
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